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Glenn Maxwell added to the squad as cover for David Warner

23 November 2017

Australia vice-captain David Warner said he will undergo intense treatment on his neck after suffering sudden pain during training on Tuesday, just two days before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Warner received treatment overnight and hit the nets on Wednesday morning after a brief chat with team physio David Beakley.

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

On Warner's injury, Australian captain Steve Smith revealed: "Davey's going well".

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"With the Ashes starting very soon I just wanted to get a message out to all the boys in Australia and wish them all the best for the first Test match, all the coaches and backroom staff as well", he said. However, he is confident that he will be fit to make the Ashes opener.

"Jake has bowled well when he's had opportunities on the tour and the way he goes about things on these surfaces could be really challenging for the Australians", skipper Joe Root said.

"It's part and parcel of playing cricket, guys have injuries every now and again and have little niggles, but he's confident that he'll be OK".

"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".

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"He said he'll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to, and face the other way", said Smith.

The 2017-18 Ashes series will be played at five venues across Australia between November 23, 2017 and January 8, 2018.

After all the focus has been on Warner, it now appears Marsh is the player in most doubt to take the field after re-injuring his troublesome back during a fielding drill on Wednesday.

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Glenn Maxwell added to the squad as cover for David Warner