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BRISBANE – Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has flown to Brisbane as cover for David Warner if the opening batsman is unable to shake off a neck strain in time for the Ashes opener against England in Brisbane on Thursday.
Vice-captain Warner remains a doubt after hurting his neck when going for a high catch during training at the Gabba on Tuesday, although Australia skipper Steve Smith backed him to be fit and ready for the start of the five-match series.
Maxwell was overlooked from the 13-man Ashes squad named a week ago, with batsman Shaun Marsh named as a questionable substitution given his unobtrusive test record and Australia’s s usual preference for an all-rounder to help with the bowling load.
Be that as it may, should Warner lose his wellness race, the hard-hitting Maxwell could space into the center request, with Marsh hoisted to open close by uncapped Western Australia colleague Cameron Bancroft, Cricket Australia said.
Smith said the antagonistic left-hander’s neck was causing him inconvenience while lifting his head more than when he moved it from side-to-side, which could be a worry on the Gabba’s regularly bouncy pitch.
In any case, Warner facilitated a few feelings of dread by batting in the nets later on Tuesday and revealed to Smith he was hopeful of playing.
“Davey’s confident that he’ll be OK,” Smith told reporters at the Gabba on Wednesday.
“He said he’ll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to and face the other way. So, I think he’ll be alright,” the captain added with a smile.
West Indies batsman Chanderpaul was eminent for his quirky front-on batting position.
Britain chief Joe Root, who declined to uncover the cosmetics of the visitors’ side, anticipates that Warner will have his spot in the home group.
“I’m certain it’ll be fine, these kind of things tend to manifest before a major arrangement,” he told columnists at the Gabba. “In any case, I don’t think we have to change our plans on anything. Despite everything we’ll set up the same.”
Smith likewise affirmed that pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will all bowl in Brisbane, which means the side will be obviously excepting Warner’s conceivable nonattendance.
Group: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (commander), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon