Warner ready to go for Boxing Day Test: Justin Langer

Thursday, 26 Dec, 2019

He had to suffer the injury in the first Test against the Kiwis. "There was a little concern for about two seconds".

"If we turn up on Boxing Day and it looks really flat, we've got the flexibility to be able to do it".

Earlier, Hazelwood was ruled out of the Test against New Zealand due to a hamstring injury.

If they go down this route on Thursday, Neser is set to line up alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, with James Pattinson replacing the injured Josh Hazlewood.

Blundell batted at number eight in his three Test innings, which included a century on debut in Wellington, but hasn't since been able to force his way back into the New Zealand team.

With Australia already gaining a 1-0 lead over the visitors, New Zealand would be keen to stage a fightback for they didn't play to their potential in Perth.

"You have to get 20 wickets".

Adding some worldwide flair to the commentary box is former English captain Michael Vaughan who says that he doesn't see anything other than an Australian win on an iconic day in the cricket calendar.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground track has been lifeless during the past two Boxing Day Tests, making it hard to take 20 wickets, although a Sheffield Shield match there this month was abandoned due to a risky pitch.

After their 296-run comprehensive win in Perth, Australia will look at wrapping up the three-match series in Melbourne that begins on December 26, but Langer is not underestimating his opponents and expects them to put up a good fight.

"There's been so much discussion about the wicket here and we're hopeful that's not the case".

Michael Neser is under selection for the day after Christmas. The Australian cricket team doesn't usually go that route of having the extra player, but if we were playing on ATMs we have played in the last two years or so here at the CWM, we must certainly find a way to take 20 ATMs.

"He's fine", Australia coach Langer insisted.

The 2017-18 ash test in Melbourne was a draw, in part because of the English opener Alastair Cook who broke the first innings and beat 244.

"We've probably got two different teams (in mind), to be honest, so we'll make the final call tomorrow".

Warner did not face a bowler during the nets session.

"He's in really good nick, he's a very experienced player".

"I thought we would have the best of the conditions in Perth because the bouncier wickets are quite foreign to the New Zealanders", he said.