Australia’s plans in the build-up to the four-match Test series against India have hit a speed bump. David Warner has been ruled out of the opening Test after suffering a groin injury in the one-day series while Mitchell Starc has been given compassionate leave due to a family illness. Josh Hazlewood was left out of the final two T20Is with back soreness.

With Joe Burns struggling for form and Will Pucovski suffering concussion in the first tour match against the Indians, there is still uncertainty over who Australia’s opening pair will be during the day-night Test in Adelaide.

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Earlier this year, speaking to Sportstar in the lead up to India’s tour of Australia, Starc shared his views on the imminent four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy, while emphasising on the host’s batting and bowling departments.

Starc said that the return of…

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