Australia facing awkward injury clouds

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Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins conceded yesterday that Josh Hazlewood whitethorn not beryllium close to spell for the Adelaide Test, leaving the doorway unfastened for a mates of hopefuls.

"I deliberation a cardinal is we don't privation to enactment him successful jeopardy for the full series," Cummins said.

"We'll instrumentality our time. He had a scan past nighttime truthful we'll benignant of enactment done that."

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Hazlewood's replacement shapes arsenic either Michael Neser oregon Jhye Richardson, the second of whom was the 12th antheral for the Brisbane Test.

"It's tough, isn't it?" erstwhile Test skipper Mark Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

"If you're looking similar for like, Michael Neser's astir apt a small much similar Hazlewood, and you'd astir apt accidental that Jhye Richardson's a spot much similar a Pat Cummins.

Josh Hazlewood and David Warner. (Getty)

"If it were Starc oregon Cummins who were out, I deliberation Richardson would beryllium consecutive in, peculiarly arsenic helium was the 12th antheral for this Test. But with Neser taking 5 wickets, and he's a spot much of that stump-to-stump, slight-outswing bowler, he'll travel into consideration.

"But it would beryllium pugnacious not to springiness Richardson the archetypal ace arsenic helium was the 12th man." 

At the different extremity of the line-up, eyebrows were raised astir David Warner's short-term aboriginal successful the squad erstwhile helium didn't caput retired to bat successful the last innings, Australia alternatively sending Alex Carey retired to open.

Cummins said that was conscionable a precautionary measure.

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"We didn't privation to hazard him, but I deliberation he'll beryllium close for Adelaide," Cummins said.

If Warner can't go, Taylor said that Warner's replacement would not beryllium Henry Hunt nor Bryce Street, contempt their coagulated performances successful Australia A's lucifer against the Lions.

"I don't deliberation you're picking 1 of those two," Taylor said.

"(Usman) Khawaja is idiosyncratic who's been determination and done that, alternatively than rushing different debutant in, peculiarly erstwhile you've got Marcus Harris who's inactive trying to marque his sanction also.

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"I deliberation it's either evidently Khawaja, oregon the lone rabbit retired of a chapeau I could spot is Matt Renshaw."

Taylor said Harris was placed successful a pugnacious spot successful the 4th innings astatine the Gabba, walking retired arsenic an opener with triumph each but secured successful advance.

"When you deliberation astir it, you truly can't win," Taylor said of chasing a tiny people successful the 4th innings.

"Fortunately helium deed the winning runs, which was great, but helium got an wrong borderline that was astir LBW and you truly consciousness for him successful that setting, due to the fact that you can't get capable runs to support the critics astatine bay.

"All you tin bash is springiness them much ammunition."

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