AUS vs IND: Marcus Harris to play if Pucovski doesn’t suit Gabba’s test, says Justin Langer | Cricket News


Australia head coach Justin Langer said on Wednesday he hopes to see opener Will Pucovski play the fourth and final test against India. Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Tuesday that Pucovski suffered a shoulder subluxation injury during the Sydney test and his participation in the fourth and final test against India is on the line. “We’ll probably know tonight, I think. , if he’s right to leave. It’ll either be a quick turnaround and he’s back and he’s back, or it might take a few weeks. He’s a young man, he just played his first test, ” Langer said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

So mentally he’s going to be exhausted anyway. We’ll be keeping an eye on how he ends today. With shoulders, as long as he can hit and catch – it’s not as bad in Test Cricket, we really hope he gets up. If he doesn’t, then the obvious thing is that Marcus Harris would come on the opening, ”he added.

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The Australian pacemakers had a heavy workload on the third test and when asked if Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc would be ready for the fourth test, Langer said: “I think they’ll all be ready. for this test match. We’ll see how they come back. “

Skipper Tim Paine has been severely criticized for his behavior behind the stumps. He was also fined for swearing in front of the arbitrator and complaining about the Decision Review System (DRS). On the last day of the third Test, he had a verbal duel with Ravichandran Ashwin. To make matters worse, Paine also ended up losing three catches as the third test ended in a draw.

“Just a good reminder isn’t it, I remember a great friend of mine telling me a few years ago if you’re going to build a house or a hotel it takes years, but it takes a few hours to rip it up with a bulldozer. So we have to be on top of our game all the time, but also our players are human. In many senses they are in very different circumstances with the way they live, they have been through it. “England, they’ve been through the IPL, they’ve been in hubs, all that sort of thing. But that’s okay, we just have to make sure we’re still on top of our game,” Langer said.

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“This is one of the challenges of leadership, one of the challenges of getting to know yourself and talking about culture and the importance of culture. You can’t slip, and if you slip, you are criticized for that, and it’s all fine. But we hope we had the courage to say “no, no, this is what we expect, this is how we are going to behave”, so when we do not up to expected standards, we expect to be criticized for that, ”he added.

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Beating 258 balls with a fierce home team that throws whatever they’ve got up their sleeves is no small feat. But the Indian duo of Vihari and R Ashwin held their own and managed to do just that by pulling a draw in what was nothing less than an action-packed fifth day.

India and Australia will face off in the fourth and final test at Gabba, Brisbane, starting December 15. The hosts had won the first test, while the visitors came back strongly in the second test, and currently the series is at level 1- 1.

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