Australia is facing injury concerns ahead of their World Test Championship showdown against India on June 7 at The Oval. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh are facing tight timeframes to be available for the match due to minor niggles sustained during their IPL stint. Although both have returned to bowling, it remains uncertain if they will be fit for the game. Australia will need to confirm their 15-player squad by Sunday, May 28, and Neser could potentially replace either player if they are not fit in time. Neser and Abbott will join the squad in London late next week and begin training following a bonding camp in the northwest of England.
Cameron Green’s format switch
Cameron Green is Australia’s key allrounder, and his performance in the IPL has extended his stay in the tournament. However, managing Green across three formats will become one of coach Andrew McDonald’s key challenges. McDonald acknowledged that the quick turnaround between formats will be a test for Green, but he is a fast learner who is adaptable and has a good head on his shoulders. Green is tracking to be a three-format player for Australia, and it will be a juggling act to find the balance within all of that. Despite facing injury concerns, Australia has fewer worries than England, who have lost Jofra Archer, face a nervous wait on James Anderson, and are uncertain how much captain Ben Stokes will be able to bowl.