Australia Cricket News focus on the test team’s injury list

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It is not easy seeing a couple of players on the treatment room. That will reduce the strength Australia needed for the 1st Test.

A good start is always an important start so you can plan for the next one ahead. It will be difficult to throughly plan an XI without these men that helps win games.

We will look at the three guys who will not make it tomorrow in Adelaide. Most of them are unfortunately valuable. It would be helpful if they did recover quicker.

But it will unfortunately be realistic to sit out for a period of time. And how long before they hit the ground running again.

David Warner

He had to use his full force of the body to try and stop that ball. It is a lot of work there. And it hit a snag with his groin.

He is okay and does not require surgery as Dave is extremely fit. But he will not be able to recover on time. At least for the first two Tests matches v India.

The timeframe would target the Sydney & Brisbane tests. That will be his realistic timeframe for the time being. The Baggy Green guys will miss him for a while.

They got to find a way to fire off without Warner. It will put them in deep trouble if unable to find a like for like stature. Matty Wade does fit the bill based on his big hitting white ball & Sheffield Shield form.

There is no guarantee that a 2-2 draw will go to the Australia. The series winners are currently held by India on their turf. That was during the 2018-19 home summer.

He unfortunately did not play at the time due to his ball tampering ban. So does Steve Smith. Australia needs at least a headstart without Dave. 1-1 would be realistic going into the Sydney Test. So he can catch up & bring the series back here.

Will Pucovski

He may still be one of the up and coming youngsters to the fold. There is no doubt questioning his impressive state form. The runs and big scores mean 1000 words.

But his possible opportunities to debut for Australia tells a different story. The mind unfortunately have to take its toll. Thanks to a repeated number of hits to his head.

That is going to hurt him bad mentally. I remember Will take time off. That is due to his difficulties processing his mental health. But he recovered well at his pace.

The talent and ability is still there as Will usually bats between 1 to 4. It is just unfortunate that he kept getting hurt.

I would suggest a change to the middle order maybe. Victoria got to experiment him differently once he recovers 100%.

Will is nearly age 23 by February with a big future ahead. Perfect age to transition at International level. But I cannot see him play longer if the head knocks get worse.

Sean Abbott

He may be at his physical prime at age 28 with New South Wales. And the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League. Sean established himself for a few years now.

His right arm pace does trick the opposition batters. As proven at state and domestic level. He can also be a handy batsman to finish off on occasions.

His shield form this season fired off very well. Not only Sean continue to reap rewards with the ball. But he secured his maiden first-class hundred for NSW.

Now Sean sees himself as a balanced all-rounder. Not as the same as Moises Henriques. I would not mind seeing him bat at 6 or 7. So he can take his time in the middle for longer with the safe hands.

But he unfortunately suffered a calf train the other day. That will keep him off the pitch for a while. I do not know exactly when. Sean would have gone at 6 if he was still fit. He will have to wait again.

Most likely sometime in 2021 if Australia can play elsewhere. But facing England without a Test cap is a big ask. Sean will to work really hard once he recovers.

UPDATE from the Opening spots

Joe Burns will continue to open the batting tomorrow. Hard luck since his recent run went way downhill. But there is nothing they can do about it despite that a very frank phone call from Trevor Hohns.

The left-right hand combo is still the way to go. Just without the confidence everyone shied over the past week. I would say back him 100%. That is the only chance & faith for Joe to prove us wrong.

We can all slate that poor fella any day we like. But Joe rarely puts a foot wrong at state level with Queensland/Brisbane Heat. Back him up and my advice would be start from scratch. So he can write a new page with the basics & fire it up.

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