Shaun Marsh could miss first Ashes Test

England's cricket captain Joe Root right and his Australian counterpart Steven Smith hold a replica Ashes trophy ahead of the start of the 5-test series in Brisbane Australia Wednesday Nov. 22 2017. England holds the Ashes after winning the 20

Should Warner be ruled out, the most logical move would be to shift Marsh up the order to open with Cameron Bancroft, and have Maxwell come in at No. 6.

The combative batsman has assured his team-mates he will be fit to take guard in Brisbane on Thursday morning, having managed to overcome some remaining discomfort from his stiff neck to practise in the nets on the eve of the opening Test.

The selectors of Cricket Australia have roped in Glenn Maxwell to the squad as cover for the vice-captain David Warner.

But the 27-year-old insisted he would be ready for the moment when he hopes he is called upon by England - whenever that might be in the coming weeks.

A day later, though, his captain said: "Davey's going well".




"With the Ashes starting very soon I just wanted to get a message out to all the boys in Australia and wish them all the best for the first Test match, all the coaches and backroom staff as well", he said. He played for Glamorgan during the T20 campaign of 2012, as well as being a member of the Australian touring party for the 2015 Ashes played in England and Wales. However, the southpaw seems to have the backing of most of the former Australian players, who have made a case for his inclusion in the squad.

"Well I think we're about due to win here, aren't we?"

"It's improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours". He performed well with the bat and scored runs, and he was brilliant in the dressing room as well, helping other guys with their approach to the game.

"It's the reason why Australia play the first Test of a series here all the time".

All indications from the tourists' camp are that Ball will play in Brisbane, preferred to the uncapped Craig Overton as England's fourth seamer.

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