Cricket Australia on Saturday added Harris into the Test squad following confirmation of Warner and Pucovski not being available for selection for the Adelaide Test.
Warner had injured his adductor muscle in the field during the second ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while Pucovski sustained a concussion while batting for Australia A in the tour match against India at Drummoyne Oval last week.
My test team for Adelaide now that Burns looks horribly out of form and injuries to Warner & young Pucovski. Finger… https://t.co/Bq2dHWylYJ
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 1607844404000
Both the batsmen will now target a return ahead of the Boxing Day Test. Surprisingly, Warne’s Australia eleven for the first Test did not feature Joe Burns, who was seen as one of the openers for the longest format.
Burns has been under fire of late for not being able to score runs consistently. The opening batsman has just managed to score 61 runs from eight innings this season. In the ongoing three-day practice game against the Indians, Burns was dismissed for a duck by Jasprit Bumrah in the first innings while in the second he managed to score just one run before being sent back to the pavilion.
The veteran leg-spinner also named Shaun Marsh as a replacement for Cameron Green, who suffered a blow on his head during the ongoing practice-game against India. He was substituted by Pat Rowe on the first day of the match.
The middle-order consists of Test favourites Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, along with Travis Head and skipper Tim Paine. The Warne-picked bowling department is headed by experienced pacer Mitchell Starc, supported by the duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Nathan Lyon is the only spinner to find a place in Warner’s playing XI for the historic first-ever day-night Test match between Australia and India.
Taking to Twitter Warne wrote, “My Test team for Adelaide now that Burns looks horribly out of form and injuries to Warner & young Pucovski. Fingers crossed Green will be ok @FoxCricket Wade, Harris, Marnus, Smith, Head, Green, Paine (c), Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood. S Marsh on standby if Green is out.”
The first Test of the four-match series, beginning on December 17, will be played at the Adelaide Oval and it would be a day-night contest. Australia have the best record in day-night Tests as the side has not lost a single match that has been played with the pink ball.
Virat Kohli will be playing just the first Test against Australia as he will return home after being granted paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
India batsman Rohit Sharma is also all set to join the squad after clearing the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Rohit was rehabilitating and training at NCA since November 19 following a high-grade left hamstring injury he suffered during the Indian Premier League.
Rohit, however, will be available only for the third and fourth Tests of the series, pending a reassessment of his fitness by the Team India medical team after a two-week quarantine period in Australia.