“We’ll just get someone out of the crowd if something happens,” Paine joked when asked about who would stand in for a batsman if they were concussed during the second Test. “Nah, ‘Bangers’ is a couple of hours away on a plane. If something happens we will be able to get him back pretty quickly. I think you’ve got 24 or 36 hours to replace a concussed player so we will have plenty of time to get someone back whether it be a batter or a bowler.”
Under ICC rules, a team must request a “like for like” concussion sub within 36 hours of a player sustaining a head knock responsible for sidelining them from the rest of the game.
While Bancroft is on standby, there is the possibility Australia could be significantly impacted by being a batsman down for the period of time it would take him to arrive from interstate.
Australia expect a Pakistan bowling attack with a recalled Mohammad Abbas will be more suited under lights with the pink ball than they were at the Gabba and their batsmen endured the testing adjustment to evening conditions in the Adelaide Oval nets on Wednesday night as Pattinson charged in alongside first-choice quicks Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Rising South Australia leg-spinner Lloyd Pope was also there to simulate what might be coming their way from Pakistan leggie Yasir Shah.
“It wasn’t much fun,” Paine said. “They took a few wickets. It does just take some time to adjust when the light is changing and we also had that young South Australian leggie Lloyd Pope, who was difficult to pick under lights, which was good practice for Yasir Shah. So we had a good hit-out, which was difficult for our batters but by design.”
After falling short of winning the Ashes outright when they were beaten in the fifth Test at the Oval by England, Paine said their return to the Adelaide drop-in was an opportunity to demonstrate they could back up a dominant performance.
“We were certainly disappointed with how we played the fifth Test,” he said. “One of the things we have spoken about as a group since then, we’ve just called it winning after winning. Making sure we can back up a performance which we were really happy with last week.
“But [we’re] coming into Adelaide knowing that last week’s performance means nothing and again we have to be at our best again starting tomorrow afternoon.”
Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Chris Barrett is Sports Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.