Marcus Harris is set to get the nod for the fourth Test if his Victorian teammate Will Pucovski isn’t fit for Australia.
Pucovski injured his shoulder during the third Test at the SCG, his debut match in the baggy green. It is still hoped that he will play the series finale against India in Brisbane, starting Friday with the ledger at 1-1.
If not, Harris is set to come in, according to Australian coach Justin Langer. Picking Harris would spare Matthew Wade another stint atop the batting order and leave Travis Head out of the side, after he was dropped following the second Test.
“With shoulders, as long as he can bat OK and catch it’s not as big a deal in Test cricket, but we’ll probably know by tonight,” Langer said of Pucovski on Wednesday.
“We’re really hopeful that he’ll get up and if he doesn’t, the obvious thing would be that Marcus Harris would come in as the opener.”
Harris, 28, last played Test cricket in the 2019 Ashes finale. He averages 24.06 from nine matches, with two half-centuries, having debuted against India in 2018.
Langer said that Pucovski has been in discomfort before falling on his shoulder in the field at the SCG.
“Will had a sore shoulder before he fell on it, he was actually going to have a scan after that day’s play anyway,” Langer said.
“It might be a bit of bursitis or something. We’ll see how he pulls up today.
“It’s either going to be a quick turnaround and he’s back or it might be a few weeks.”
Langer said that David Warner was certain to play at the Gabba despite ongoing groin soreness.
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