Australia vs India: David Warner, Will Pucovski Included In Australia Squad For Last Two Tests, Joe Burns Dropped

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ISLAMABAD, December 30 (online): David Warner and Will Pucovski have returned to the Australia squad for the last two Tests against India even as out-of-form opening batsman Joe Burns has been dropped. Warner’s inclusion is a boost for Australia who lost the second Test by eight wicketswith their batsmen not able to cross 200 across two innings. Fast bowler Sean Abbott will also join the squad after recovering from a calf strain. Burns, who returned scores of 8, 51 not out, 0 and 4 in the first two Tests, could be swapped with Warner at the top of the order even as the left-hander continues his recovery from the groin injury he sustained last month.
Pucovski, who was in line to make his Test debut in the first Test in Adelaide, suffered a concussion while batting in a warm-up game. The concussion ruled Pucovski out of the first two Tests.
Australia captain Tim Paine on Tuesday was optimistic about Warner’s return to the squad, saying the opening bat looked “very good for the third Test.”
“Pucovski is not far away to return to play. He is pretty close to return,” Paine had said the post-match press conference in Melbourne on Tuesday.
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