Glenn Maxwell called up as cover for David Warner for Gabba Test

Glenn Maxwell has played seven Tests for Australia

Skipper Steve Smith and Cricket Australia's power structure believe Warner will face England but they have opted to bring in Maxwell as a precaution.

The 29-year-old has played seven Tests for Australia, scoring a century and 339 runs at an average of 26.07 only.

Shaun Marsh has joined David Warner on the injury-watch list after pulling up from training with a stiff back on the eve of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. "He had a hit just before". However, the hard-hitting lefthander eased some fears by batting in the nets late on Tuesday and told Smith he was hopeful of playing."Davey's confident that he'll be OK", Smith told reporters at the Gabba on Wednesday. Marsh comes with a proven reputation in domestic cricket and having been a three-time Big Bash victor with the Perth Scorchers, he is sure to lend a lot of expertise to Glamorgan, for whom he played in the 2012 T20 campaign too. Guys have injuries now and then.

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Smith said the pugnacious left-hander's neck was causing him discomfort when lifting his head more than when he moved it from side-to-side, which could be a concern on the Gabba's typically bouncy pitch. You have little niggles and he's confident that he'll be okay.

Australia confirmed Maxwell's name soon after Smith's comments. Maxwell has played Australia's four most recent Test matches, in India and Bangladesh, and scored his maiden Test hundred in Ranchi in March. "So, I think he'll be alright", the captain added with a smile.West Indies batsman Chanderpaul was renowned for his idiosyncratic front-on batting stance.

Shaun Marsh's inclusion in the Test squad ahead of young Matthew Renshaw and the likes of Jake Weatherald and all-rounders Hilton Cartwright and Mitchell Marsh has drawn plenty of criticism from plenty of fans.


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