Warner passed fit to open for Australia in second Test with England

David Warner passed fit to open for Australia in second Ashes Test with England despite suffering from sore ribs after being struck by a Ben Stokes short ball as Jhye Richardson replaces injured Josh Hazlewood

  • Australia once again revealed their XI early ahead of second Test with England
  • David Warner will open the batting in Adelaide despite struggling with sore ribs
  • He was hit by a short ball from Ben Stokes during the opening Test in Brisbane
  • Warner has been visibly struggling during throw-downs ahead of the match
  • But captain Pat Cummins says Warner will play through the pain barrier
  • Mark Wood left out of England’s 12-man squad for the second Test 

David Warner has been passed fit to open the batting for Australia in the second Ashes Test but captain Pat Cummins admits the 35-year-old will need to battle through the pain barrier.

Cummins once again revealed his XI ahead of time, confirming Jhye Richardson would take over from the injured Josh Hazlewood and confirmed that Warner was inked in despite suffering from sore ribs.

The issue came about when he was struck by a short ball from Ben Stokes in the first Test, when he batted on to make 94 in the first innings before sitting out the remainder of the match from the dressing room.

Australia opener David Warner has been included in their team for the second Test with England in Adelaide despite struggling with sore ribs 

The opening batsman was struck in the ribs by a Ben Stokes delivery during the opening Test

Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson 

England will now have the chance to test out Warner with some hostile bowling in the day/night match at Adelaide Oval, with the left-hander said to be visibly struggling against short-pitched throw downs during Tuesday’s practice session.

Cummins, though, is confident the occasion will see him through.

‘If Davey didn’t feel like he could be as good as he normally is, he wouldn’t be playing,’ he said.

‘He’s a little bit sore but he’ll be fine. He batted yesterday with a bit of discomfort but knowing Davey he was not going to miss this once adrenaline and everything kicks in. 

‘It’s one thing batting in the nets and a different thing when you walk out and you’ve got a packed crowd.

‘He’s played close to 90 Tests. I’m sure a lot of them have been played in discomfort or with things going into the game, so he’ll be fine tomorrow. It’s not an injury like a broken bone or anything that will get any worse. 

‘It just might be a bit of discomfort, but it’s all split second decision making out there so I’m sure that will be fine.’

Jhye Richardson comes into the Australian bowling attack for the day/night match in Adelaide 

With three Ashes hundreds on home soil, and an average of 62.23, England will be hoping they have just been gifted a fresh chink in the Warner’s armour.

It is the kind of lift the tourists need as they look to follow their painful nine-wicket defeat in Brisbane by upsetting their rivals in a format Australia have made their own.

The hosts have been involved in eight of the 16 day/night Tests, and have a spotless 100 per cent victory record. Adelaide is their happiest hunting ground under lights, with five wins from five including by 120 runs over England four years ago.

Australia captain Pat Cummins once again named his starting XI ahead of the start of the Test

Cummins says his side pick up more information every time they play with the pink Kookaburra but accepted that the odd rhythms of the match did pose unusual questions.

‘One hour can be a long time in a pink ball game. Nothing could happen for an hour then it starts darting around and you can lose a wicket every ball,’ he said.

‘It is still a new format, we’re still learning. It brings more unknowns. One night the ball swings around and then the next night you don’t get the same response. It brings more unknowns.

‘We’ve got a bit of experience to lean on but when you start the match you can’t see it playing out like a red ball game.’

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