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David Warner and Will Pucovski return to Australian squad for third test against India |  Cricket News


Australia hosted new workers David Warner and Will Pucovski for the third test against India after a groin injury and concussion, respectively; Joe Burns is dropped after two failures in hosts’ loss at MCG

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Fit-again David Warner set to play his first test since January

Opening batsmen David Warner and Will Pucovski were included in Australia’s 18-man squad for the third test against India in Sydney, but Joe Burns was dropped after two failures in Melbourne.

Regular opener Warner missed the first two tests with a groin strain while uncapped Pucovski was ruled out after suffering a concussion when he was hit in the helmet by a short ball in a touring match before the start of the series.

Burns was out for one duck and four at Melbourne Cricket Ground where Australia crashed Tuesday in an eight-wicket loss, which tied the four-test series at 1-1.

“Joe Burns has been released from the squad and will return to the Brisbane Heat,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a press release on Wednesday.

David Warner and Will Pucovski return to Australian squad for third test against India |  Cricket News

Will Pucovski missed the start of the series after suffering another concussion

“Unfortunately, Joes’ returns have not been what he or the coaches would like or what we consider him capable of.”

Hohns said Warner has made great strides in his recovery and will have every chance of making the third test, which begins Jan. 7 at Sydney Cricket Ground.

“Will is in the late stages of the phased return to play protocols and has been without symptoms for a while,” he added.

“He will be fit to play in Sydney subject to completion of return-to-play protocols and independent assessment.”

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All-rounder Sean Abbott was also included in the squad after recovering from a calf strain.

The Australian team: Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson , Matthew Wade and David Warner





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