For the Ashes Test in Melbourne: Australia coach Justin Langer confirmed on Thursday that struggling opener Marcus Harris will play in the Ashes Test on Boxing Day in Melbourne, and that fast bowler Mitchell Starc will recover from a rib injury.
Australia coach Justin Langer confirmed on Thursday that struggling opener Marcus Harris will play in the Ashes Test on Boxing Day in Melbourne, and that fast bowler Mitchell Starc will recover from a rib injury. Harris’ Test career appeared to be in jeopardy after another poor performance in Australia‘s 275-run victory over England in the day-night second Test at Adelaide this week. It came after the home team’s nine-wicket victory in the first Test in Brisbane, where they scored just 12 runs from two innings.
For the Ashes Test in Melbourne: However, Langer expressed confidence in the 29-year-ability old’s to thrive alongside David Warner, who has had a number of opening partners over his 10-year Test career.
“Don’t worry about him, he’ll play in the Test,” Langer added. “This is where he grew up.
“He hasn’t scored as many runs as he would want, but he dominates domestic cricket.” As a result, he is confident in his ability to play.
“We’re hoping he plays well and has a solid partnership with Davey Warner in this Boxing Day Test match for him and for us.”
Since Chris Rogers’ retirement following the 2015 Ashes, Warner has struggled to find a long-term partner, with Harris averaging just 22.19 in 12 Tests and a top score of only 79.
It was critical for Harris’s confidence, according to Langer, to keep a consistent lineup.
“Knowing that others have your back is undoubtedly one of the most important things in life,” he remarked.
“In my experience, you feel like Superman when Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting. Mark Taylor, or Allan Border say ‘you’re in the team.'”
“You feel like you’re a valuable member of the team, and Marcus Harris is a valuable member of the team.”
The lone question mark for Australia’s bowling unit now that Harris has been confirmed as a starter.
Captain Pat Cummins was unable to attend Adelaide due to being in close proximity to a Covid positive case, but he is expected to return.
Josh Hazlewood’s status is uncertain as he recovers from a side strain, while. Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser’s health is being evaluated.
Starc, the left-armer who led the attack in Adelaide with match numbers of 6-80, has a rib issue.
However, Langer stated that he expects him to play in Melbourne on. Sunday as Australia seeks to win the five-match series.
“He’ll be alright; he’s a tough guy. We’ll look into it if he’s not right, but there’s no sign he won’t play in the next. Test match at this point “Starc led from the front in the second. Test, according to the coach, who commended him for it.
“Last game, Mitch Starc was almost the man of the match, in my opinion.”
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