SYDNEY: Australia can push more test players into duty for the day-night tour match against Virat Kohli’s team with a mounting injury toll and all the momentum with India, head coach Justin Langer said.
In the second Twenty20 International against India on Sunday, Australia fell to a six-wicket setback against India, surrendering the three-match series with a game to spare and notching their third loss to the visitors in succession.
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Australia had intended to send most of the squad to Adelaide to train for the series-opening day-night test beginning on Dec 17, but could now have more players in Sydney’s three-day pink ball warm-up this week against India.
“They were looking at it closely,” Langer told reporters. The best technique is center-wicket practise and the case of playing a pink ball game under lights against India is a very enticing training for a couple of your stars, no doubt.
With Test opener David Warner (groyne), seamer Josh Hazlewood (back) and spinner Ashton Agar (calf) sidelined, Australia have endured a series of injuries.