Ashes 2021-22 | A little bit sore: Pat Cummins updates on Hazlewood and Warner’s injuries

Abhishek Singh

| Dec 11, 1:28 PM

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Australian captain Pat Cummins said that things are fine and with fast bowler, Josh Hazlewood and he is just a little bit sore and expected him to get better by the time of the Adelaide Test which begins on December 16. 

"He's a little bit sore. He came out today and was able to bowl, got through a really good spell,” Cummins said in the post-match press conference in Brisbane. “We just managed him, it's a five-Test summer and he's key for us so don't want to blow him out of the water on day three,” the skipper added while explaining why Hazlewood bowled only eight overs on Day three. 

Talking about Warner, who scored 94 in the first innings but didn’t come out to bat in the second innings, Cummins said, "Nothing too serious but didn't want it to turn into a huge injury. The key is we don't want to put him in jeopardy for the whole series. We'll take our time. Think he had a hit earlier and got through.”

"Still pretty sore but should be right for Adelaide. We'll monitor him but think he'll be fine,” added the 28-year-old who won his first Test as Australia Test captain and also picked a five-wicket haul in the same game. 

Assuming that Warner is not available for the Adelaide Test, Usman Khawaja, who is in the side, can be asked to open as he has done that in five games in his  44 matches long Test career so far. Usually a middle-order batter, the 34-year-old has performed phenomenally at the top spot having also hit a century in a day/ night Test against South Africa in Adelaide. Khawaja’s average as an opener is 96.80. 

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