Australia star David Warner will face rivals England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, despite badly bruised ribs.
Warner was in doubt for the blockbuster day-night showdown at Adelaide Oval, starting Thursday, after the opener did not bat or field in the second innings of Australia’s nine-wicket rout of England in Brisbane last week.
But Warner – who scored 94 runs in the opening innings of the first Test – has been declared fit to play after Australia captain Pat Cummins confirmed his XI on Wednesday.
“He’ll be right,” Cummins told reporters. “He had a bat yesterday, batted with a bit of discomfort but knowing Davey, he’s not going to miss this one. Once adrenaline and everything kicks in, [he’ll be] a little bit sore but he’ll be fine.
“It’s one thing batting in the nets but another thing when you walk out and it’s a packed crowd. I don’t think he had any kind of painkillers or anything yesterday.
“He’s played close to 90 Tests, I’m sure a lot of them have been played in discomfort or with [niggles] going into the game. He’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Jhye Richardson will make his international return for Australia after replacing injured paceman Josh Hazlewood (side strain) – the only change to the starting XI.
Richardson got the nod ahead of Michael Neser for the pink-ball Test, having not featured for Australia in cricket’s longest format since his debut in 2019.
The Australia attack will be licking their lips at the prospect of doing more damage with the pink ball, where they will be hunting what would be a sixth win in seven matches in the longest format in Adelaide.
No side has a better record than Australia’s eight out of eight in day-night Tests, while England have lost three day-nighters out of four and their only victory was against West Indies in 2017.
Australia XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.