Maxwell called into Ashes squad as cover for Warner

Maxwell called into Ashes squad as cover for Warner

This comes hot on the heels of another Australian batsman, David Warner, suffered a neck injury heading into the Ashes.

Australia confirmed Maxwell's name soon after Smith's comments.

The combative batsman has assured his team-mates he will be fit to take guard in Brisbane on Thursday morning, having managed to overcome some remaining discomfort from his stiff neck to practise in the nets on the eve of the opening Test.

Also among the surprise selections for Australia was wicket keeper Tim Paine, who returns to the Test squad after a seven-year absence.

Vice-captain David Warner hurt his neck while fielding during a practice session at the Gabba on Tuesday.

A day later, though, his captain said: "Davey's going well".




"They're thinking about it (bringing in a replacement player) at the moment, but Davey is confident he'll be OK. He said he'll be right to go", he told reporters. "There is a lot of exciting young talent at the club and hopefully I can put in some good performances so we can bring some silverware to Wales", said Marsh, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

Should Warner particularly be unable to play in Brisbane, it would be a monumental blow for the hosts, who rely heavily on a quick start from him - as well as Smith's middle-order runs.

But with news of Marsh's injury, the 29-year-old could be in line to play his first home Test match.

"He said he'll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to and face the other way (laughs), so I think he'll be alright".

"It's improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours".

All indications from the tourists' camp are that Ball will play in Brisbane, preferred to the uncapped Craig Overton as England's fourth seamer.

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