Cricket News report with the fringe players of the Australian Test Team, 2020/21 1st game v India

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Australia have 18 players sorted out ahead of the 1st Test. They will face India this Thursday at Adelaide Oval.

This format will go for five days if not less depending on the outcome. We will look at the fringe players unable to make the XI.

These five players will have to watch the game & carry the drinks. They may be lucky if they get to field for some overs.

They will be ready in case someone gets hurt or out of form.

Moises Henriques

Sean Abbott was about to join the Australian Test team in Adelaide. But he suffered a calf injury lately. Even if it does not guarantee him game time anyway.

He no longer count on the fringe players list for this tour. Moises is a normal all-rounder like Cameron & Sean. Always a handy batsman at grade/state level.

He can bat at 5, 6 or 7 where his best strengths. Moises is also a useful pace option. His job will be to gain some vital scalps to reduce the frontline reliance.

The last test he played for Australia was mid-2016 v Sri Lanka away. Moises may not performed his best there. But you cannot question his class & skillset.

Moises is a regular presence who gets rarely out of form. Especially in the white ball arena. I am sure this resurge would help finally fulfill his red ball dreams.

Just look at Tim Paine’s re-rise in 2017 at age 33. Also the same age Moises is standing right now. He still has a few years left before he calls himself stumps.

Michael Neser

His is age 30 who plays for the Queensland Bulls. And the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

Michael usually models himself in the shape of Pat Cummins. So he is pretty much a bowling all-rounder. Not an balanced role with Cameron & Sean.

He has been called up to the Australia squad a couple of times. But all Michael can do is watch & carry them the drinks.

But Michael did make only two One Day International caps. He scored two wickets & highest score of six. Both come under a loss in mid 2018. Having seen the whole squad rocked by the ball-tampering saga.

Will he finally get to make his Test debut for Australia at 30 or 31? He is at his physical peak right now. The only hope he will play here if Pat Cummins is injured.

James Pattinson

He is not new to the Australian Test arena having played a couple of times. And always in and out of the squad. Mainly due to injury and later out of form.

It really affected James a lot having proved his game elsewhere. A county season stint with Nottinghamshire helped.

That experience later rediscover his mojo in his state team. And it earned that recall back in Australia in the Ashes 2019. Three and a bit years since he last played Test Cricket in February 2016 v NZ away.

James may have continued the hard work since his recent resurgence. His Australia A performances proved this. But the current bowling setup is healthy right now.

So it will depend on Mitchell Starc who took some time off. Mitch will need to listen his body. James will be ready if he or Josh Hazlewood can’t keep it up.

Mitchell Swepson

He is not new to me having first heard Mitch in 2017. He was a youngster at 23 back then mentioned by Shane Warne.

They called up Mitch several times to the Test squad. Just like his Queensland team-mate Michael Neser. But both of them never experienced playing time.

Mitch never gave up with his hard work rate for his state. Regardless of how Australia first saw his leg spin potential.

He continued to trick the opposition going into the new Shield season. And so does on the T20 International soil v India. It is good that Mitch knows them better now.

Now the only way Mitch can force is way if Nathan Lyon gets hurt. But do not rule out the Sydney New Year’s Test. Australia would temp to put two spinners. Based on these conditions affected on that pitch.

Shaun Marsh

He may be age 37 right now with some energy on the tank. Does inspire like myself who still have unfinished business.

The shield numbers at the start of 2020-21 has not changed. In a positive way with some fine knocks at first drop.

We all know Shaun can bat anywhere in the top six. He has been in and out of the Test side before. Injuries caused him to suffer slumps on the field. But Shaun did reinvent himself since the 2017-18 Ashes.

Now we have seen a few injury niggles within the Baggy Green. You see Dave Warner suffer a groin strain. And Will Pucovski continued to get hit in the head.

So that leaves an opening role conundrum here. Justin Langer would not risk Marnus out of position. So stay where he is at 3 otherwise India will get him out easily.

I do not recall Shaun a lot well in the opening spot before. Best to stick with him in the middle order. Australia got to use Matty Wade’s strengths. Put Wade there because he has the Warner-esque factor.

Marcus Harris

I hoped he would get picked for the 1st Test tomorrow. Marcus did bring the numbers in return. That was the beginning of the 2020-21 Shield season for Victoria.

He has that style similar to his national boss Justin Langer. So Marcus may not have the very tall stature. But at least he an array with his shot selection there.

It is not the first time Marcus faced India before. He got that initial opportunity during the 2018-19 season. You saw Dave Warner served his suspension at the time.

The numbers he brought in return is not outstanding. It does take time to settle in Test cricket. But not big enough to convince that he is the man to stay on.

Two test half-tons is alright to fire off from the young man. Marcus did get a second chance during the Ashes last year away.

He unfortunately did not recapture the form as asked the first time. So Australia stuck with Dave Warner & Joe Burns. Now Warner is out with the groin strain & Burns still in. Marcus needs to get ready in case Joe again performs mediocre this Test.

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