«Josh Hazlewood out, he’ll be going home,» McDonald stated on Monday.
«[Warner]’s still sore at the moment. We had a meeting just before discussing through this. We’re in no rush to make any decisions at this point in time around Davey. Just seeing how that settles, how functional that is.
«It shall be principally how sore and the way purposeful it’s as to what choice we make with him after which the size of the harm. There’s some speak the size of harm may very well be anyplace between per week plus relying how that settles down. There’s a little bit of unknown there. I’ll depart that to the medical staff and so they’ll inform me as soon as they know.»
There are fewer concerns about his concussion as there are nine days to recover before the third Test, which should be enough time for Warner to pass the mandatory protocols.
If Warner’s elbow isn’t fit then Travis Head is likely to open in Indore having made an excellent 43 in the second innings in Delhi. If Warner is fit then Australia’s selectors have some tough decisions to make.
«If Dave’s unavailable it will make good sense,» McDonald said. «We did talk about earlier than coming over right here that if we have been to lose a gap batter that Trav could be one we might look to place up there. We really feel within the subcontinental circumstances that he can get off to the quick begins which he confirmed.
«We don’t see [Head] as an opener in all conditions, more subcontinental and in other conditions back to the middle order.»
Green, Starc anticipated to be match for Indore Test
«He was close,» McDonald stated. «It’s building the confidence. He had the setback in Bangalore, a little setback batting in Bangalore where he had some jarring and there was a fair bit of discomfort in that finger. If he didn’t have that, I think the second Test was real. But it probably just delayed it those few days. And we contemplated him as a concussion sub as well. So that was another discussion. But we felt like if he wasn’t right to go at the start then what was a couple of days. We’re better off loading up for the third Test match and in a good frame of mind.»
Mitchell Starc can also be set to be match for the third Test having been accessible to play in Delhi. Like Green, it was solely doubt on the restoration on his finger tendon harm and the choice to select three specialist spinners that meant Starc did not play. Starc’s lower-order batting can also be a consideration as McDonald conceded India’s lower-order batting has been the distinction within the sequence to this point.
Agar, Morris may be despatched house
Without naming Agar or Morris particularly, McDonald confirmed there was an opportunity one or two gamers may return to Australia to play some home cricket with Green and Starc changing into accessible to play.
«We’re working through that. It won’t be form as such but there’s cricket going on back home,» McDonald stated. «And with a few players now becoming fit and available, are we carrying too many? That’s probably a question. So we’ve got to be clear on what we want to achieve in the next two Test matches in terms of the structure of the team. Once we get our heads around that, there’s an opportunity for players to be playing cricket back home and we value that.»
Maxwell unlikely to be referred to as up for India Tests
«He’s played one game,» McDonald stated. «What did he get, 5? He played club cricket and got 61. We’ll see how we go. We’ve got the one-day squad that we’ll announce, if he gets through everything that he needs to then he’ll be a starter for that one-day series. Anything forward of that will be discussed.»
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo
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