The Australian cricket team suffered a heavy blow ahead of the fourth and final decisive test against India in Brisbane on January 15 as Will Pucovski was excluded from the match with a shoulder injury. Pucovski, who made his Sydney debut and impressed with a solid 62 in the opening innings, suffered a shoulder injury as he competed in India’s fourth round in the third test. Australian skipper Tim Paine confirmed the news by announcing that Pucovski had been sent off and that Marcus Harris was back in the squad with his partner David Warner. According to reports, Pucovski did not train in Brisbane and made a brief stint in the home net on Thursday morning, but did not participate in the fielding exercises.
The rest of the Australian roster is the same and it gives Marcus Harris a chance to redeem his Test career. Marcus Harris made his test debut against India in the 2018/19 series and he impressed with some fifties in Perth and Sydney. After a poor run against Sri Lanka and in the Ashes against England in 2019, Marcus Harris was sidelined to the side. With Joe Burns failing and Australia’s Top Order seeking stability in the absence of Will Pucovski, Marcus Harris is reportedly keen to repeat his form against India and solidify his long-term place for the Australian cricket team. Australia have not lost a test at the Gabba since 1988 and they will be keen to ensure they win back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with another stellar performance at their fortress.
Woes of injuries for India
The latest Australian injury update is nothing when it comes to the issues facing the Indian cricket team. Before the start of the series, they lost Ishant Sharma due to injury. After Adelaide’s test ended, they had to head for the rest of the tour without Mohammed Shami’s services as his arm was fractured from a blow from bouncer Pat Cummins. In the Melbourne test, Umesh Yadav was also out due to a calf injury. In the Sydney test, the injury list was only put together for the Indian team.
Ravindra Jadeja was left out of the series after a dislocated thumb while Hanuma Vihari is also out after suffering a grade 2 hamstring tear. Jasprit Bumrah was also sidelined with abdominal strain as there is a major fitness cloud over Ravichandran Ashwin and Mayank Agarwal. India are expected to announce that they will play 11 later today, with Ajinkya Rahane fielding a brand new 11 player, especially when it comes to bowling training.
Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.