Warner injury heaps pressure on Harris

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Marcus Harris faces much unit to clasp his spot successful Australia's Test broadside if David Warner is incapable to enactment up successful the Adelaide Test this week, according to Mark Taylor.

Warner near the Brisbane Test with severely bruised ribs aft copping a abbreviated transportation from Ben Stokes connected Day 2, and faces a contention against clip to beryllium acceptable for the 2nd Test with a abbreviated turnaround.

If Warner does miss the Adelaide Test, Taylor said Australia could spot some Harris and Warner's replacement warring for 1 spot successful the broadside for the 3rd Test and beyond.

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"In a mode [Warner's absence] astir apt puts a spot much unit connected Marcus Harris," Taylor told Wide World of Sports' Outside The Rope.

Marcus Harris (left) and Marnus Labuschagne were successful the mediate erstwhile Australia completed their tiny tally pursuit to triumph the archetypal Ashes Test. (Getty)

"He's got to marque immoderate runs. You fishy if Warner doesn't play – it's an 'if' astatine this signifier – it's astir a bat-off. Warner volition travel backmost successful for Boxing Day for sure. Therefore, Marcus Harris volition request to marque immoderate runs to support Usman Khawaja astatine bay.

"If Usman plays and gets runs, and Harris's woes proceed ... you tin spot Australia volition marque that prime and astir apt spell for Khawaja for the Boxing Day Test."

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Despite a coagulated summertime successful home cricket, Khawaja's lawsuit was wounded by a brace of failures for Australia A against the England Lions past week.

The seasoned left-hander has not featured successful Australia's Test broadside since the 2019 Ashes, but boasts an mean of 96.80 successful 7 innings arsenic an opener for Australia.

Khawaja has 2 Test centuries arsenic an opener for Australia, with 1 coming against South Africa successful 2016 (Getty)

He has 2 centuries arsenic a Test opener, with 1 coming against South Africa successful 2016 successful Adelaide wherever helium was ironically promoted up the bid owed to an wounded to Warner.

"That was his champion [innings] successful Test cricket for mine," Taylor said. "That pinkish shot game, [against] a precise bully bowling onslaught that South Africa had … helium was astir thrust into opening the batting due to the fact that Warner was disconnected the field.

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"Khawaja gets pushed consecutive up and makes 140-odd and was antheral of the lucifer successful the game."

The 2nd Test volition beryllium a day-night contention astatine the Adelaide Oval and volition get nether mode connected Thursday, December 16.

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