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Warner confident to play the 1st Ashes Test: Smith

Steve Smith, the Australian skipper has said that the opener David Warner is recovering from the neck injury, and he is confident to take part in the 1st Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, 23rd November.

Warner hurt his neck while taking a catch at training this week. All-rounder Glenn Maxwell was called up as a cover for Warner, and at one point it looked like that Maxwell is set for an Ashes debut after being axed a few weeks ago.

Former cricketer, Merv Hughes had earlier backed Warner and said that he should back up his pre-series jibes by taking on the old enemy like a ‘Pitbull in the junkyard’.

“He’s very confident and he says he’ll be right to go,” Smith told reporters. “Injuries are part and parcel of the game.”

“He’ll be OK. It’s part and parcel of playing cricket. Guys have injuries every now and then and have little niggles. He’s improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours and hopefully he can keep improving and be 100% at match time.” the skipper added.

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