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Marcus Harris to replace Will Pucovski (shoulder) for Australia’s final test against India in Brisbane; The four-game streak is tied at 1-1 after the Tourists battled to a draw on Matchday 5 of Game 3 in Sydney

Last updated: 01/14/21 7:53 am

Will Pucovski to miss Australia’s final test against India after failing to recover from shoulder problem

Will Pucovski’s fledgling international career has been put on ice with the opener ruled out of the fourth and final test against India in Brisbane after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

Pucovski, who scored 62 and 10 in a catchy start in the third draw, will be replaced by Marcus Harris for decision maker Gabba, who starts on Friday with the series tied 1-1.

Victoria Harris’ batsman will be the only change to 11, with the opener for David Warner cleared to play after struggling with his groin strain in Sydney.

Harris wins his chance after scoring a mountain of points in the Sheffield Shield, including a 239 shot against South Australia in October.

Harris, who has played nine tests so far, has experience against India and was Australia’s top scorer averaging 36.85 in the exhausted squad which lost 2-1 to home in the 2018/19 series.

Marcus Harris to replace Pucovski at Gabba from Friday

Marcus Harris to replace Pucovski at Gabba from Friday

Skipper Tim Paine said Harris brought form and a sense of humor to a team that grew in a bad mood as the Indian batsmen stood to save the Sydney game.

Paine told reporters on Thursday: “Harry is just a really good player, he’s just going about his business.

“He brings a bit of humor, a bit of comedy to our team. He’s a really relaxed character, someone we really love to have in and around our group.”

Australia faced criticism for their conduct on the pitch at the end of the Sydney test, with Paine criticized for his abusive sledging of Ravichandran Ashwin as the spinner helped India to safety on day five.

Batsman Steve Smith has also been accused of sense of the game for scratching his foot on the crease during the lineout, but said he is simply scoring the center as he would if he hit.

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Australian coach Justin Langer passionately defended Steve Smith after the batsman was accused of playfulness following the third test against India.

Aussie coach Justin Langer passionately defended Steve Smith after the batsman was accused of playfulness following the third test against India.

Paine, who apologized for dropping the team’s standards on Tuesday, said Smith was in “good spirits” despite criticism.

“He’s mentally very strong, very tough,” Paine said of Smith, who was the man of the match in Sydney after scoring 131 and 81.

“He knows that sometimes he’s going to be criticized, he handled it really well. If anything, I think he feeds on it.

“His stats speak for themselves and we’ll be seeing the best of Steve Smith again this week.”





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