David Warner Cleared for Boxing Day Test After Injury Scare in Nets

David Warner Cleared for Boxing Day Test After Injury Scare in Nets

He said he won't be part of any short-pitched barrage and cast doubt over whether New Zealand will resort to the tactic.

"There's been so much discussion about the wicket we are hopeful that's not the case, but if we were to turn up on Boxing Day and it looks really flat we have the flexibility to be able to do it". The second Test of the series is set to begin on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). "If I can last those 30 balls hopefully I can bat a little bit more positively", Blundell said. Only Pattinson spent more time batting than Neser when the bowlers inaugurated the nets session in customary fashion on Monday.

"It's going to be completely different with the red ball as opposed to the pink ball", Smith said. After his previous failure in the recent series against England in New Zealand he left the Black Caps selectors no choice but to seek an alternative. Both were very flat and lifeless, something the New Zealanders probably wouldn't mind too much after they were battered by 296 runs in Perth.

New Zealand got plenty of joy from Neil Wagner and Tim Southee's use of bouncers in Perth but Boult has reaped most his success in a nine-year career through sideways movement. "He'll be ready to go", said the coach. "The wicket looks pretty good at the moment two days out".

Said Fulton: "Any time overseas teams come to Australia it's a bit tricky".

"But if we were to play on wickets like the past two years or so here at the MCG, we've certainly got to find a way of taking 20 wickets". The second innings was a bit harder, but we'll see what happens out here.

Should Williamson call correctly and ask his batsmen to make amends for Perth where speedster Mitchell Starc helped monster them for 166 and 171, the spotlight shines on Tom Blundell before an expected 70,000-plus crowd.

"It's just the first 30 balls".

The last time New Zealand faced Australia in a Boxing Day Test was 1987, before numerous current squad were born, with the home side holding on for a draw despite blistering bowling from legendary quick Richard Hadlee.

Exclusively a fortnight in the past, play was deserted throughout a home Sheffield Protect recreation on the floor as a outcome of a harmful pitch, with erratic bounce seeing balls rise sharply and unexpectedly to pummel the batsmen.

"If I can tick all the suitable bins with my physique and get myself match, then I am unable to wait to get on the market", he added.

"I've got absolutely no worries that he'll be raring to go", Australia coach Justin Langer told reporters here on Tuesday.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins, fresh from being signed for $3.29 million by Brendon McCullum's Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, reckons he'll earn his test match fee.

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