Australia May Rope Test Stars Into India Tour Match: Justin Langer

Melbourne: With a mounting injury toll, Australia may rope Test players into duty for the day-night tour match against the Indian team, said coach Justin Langer.

While addressing about the challenges of playing the sport amid an alarming injury toll ahead of the four-Test series, Justin Langer said Australia had planned to send most of the squad to Adelaide to prepare for the series-opening day-night Test starting Dec. 17 but may instead include more players in this week’s three-day pink-ball warm-up against India in Sydney.

Australia has suffered a slew of injuries, with Test opener David Warner (groin), seamer Josh Hazlewood (back) and spinner Ashton Agar (calf) sidelined.

Limited overs captain Aaron Finch was ruled out of the second T20 match with a glute problem, while paceman Mitchell Starc was excused from the final two T20 games for personal reasons.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was recalled for Sunday’s match after battling a side strain but did not bowl.