Australia have suffered yet another injury blow ahead of the first Test against India with their fast-bowler Sean Abbott out of the game. The pacer has been sidelined after picking up a calf injury during the recently-concluded three-day tour game against Indians as the SCG.
The hosts have added veteran allrounder Moises Henriques to their squad for the Adelaide Test. Henriques was in line to play the second Australia A tour match but a scan last Wednesday revealed a low-grade hamstring strain that subsequently ruled him out of the fixture.
However, he passed a fitness Test on Monday and got the green light to join the Australia Test for the upcoming Test, set to start on December 17. The 33-year old has represented Australia in four Tests so far with his last appearance in the longest format of the game coming in 2016.
Prior to recalling Henriques, Australia had also added batsman Marcus Harris to their squad following the injury to David Warner, who suffered an adductor strain in the second ODI against India at the SCG last month. Henriques comes in for Will Pucovski, the young batter who was ruled out of the first Test after he was concussed on the final day of the first tour match.
Amid all the gloom on the injury front, Australia have also received some good news as allrounder Cameron Green is recovering well from the blow to the head he copped while bowling for Australia A, according to cricket.com.au. He was hit on his head while trying to catch a Jasprit Bumrah shot. Green will travel to Adelaide where he could make his Test debut.
Australia Test squad:
Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner