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Australia captain Pat Cummins on Thursday expressed concern over David Warner’s batting form and said he was confident the opener would play in the second Test against India this week. The left-handed Warner scored another 10 in Nagpur last week and has been struggling for form since scoring 200 in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa in Melbourne. Asked about Warner’s inclusion in the New Delhi Test starting on Friday, Cummins said, “I’m not a selector. I don’t think they’ve had any meetings, but I’m sure Davey will be there.”

“You saw in the Boxing Day Test this year when he puts pressure on the opposition, it’s very difficult to bowl to him. You don’t get as many good deliveries, so he knows that. I’m sure that will be part of it.” His plan,” Cummins said.

“He’s batting really well here. Even in the lead I thought he was brilliant.

“I know there’s a lot of talk about bowling spin through the middle, but with that new ball sometimes it’s also the most difficult time to bat.”

Australia suffered an innings and 132-run defeat inside three days in the first Test of the four-match series in Nagpur after being bowled out for 91 in one session.

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith showed some fight in an otherwise disappointing batting display, but Cummins remained hopeful of a change on a more spin-friendly pitch.

Talking about his batsmen’s plans, Cummins said, “I think the planning has been really good and now it’s about going out there and doing it and at times being brave enough to take a calculated risk. “

“They’ve been really good, they’ve been really strong in their plans, trained really well, so we’ll see how we go.”

‘Show me how good you are’

Changes are expected after Australia’s loss to Nagpur, with spinner Matthew Kuhnmann, fast bowler Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green fighting for a place in the team.

Cummins said, “Having a right-handed batsman helps and providing (Green) a fifth bowling option also helps, he is a big player.”

“He’s still coming back from that injury, he’s only had a couple of seasons where he’s been catching up with a harder ball. We’ll see how he pulls through.”

Cummins called Starc the “preeminent bowler in the world” in these conditions, but said all options were open to him going into the Test.

Spinner Todd Murphy had earlier figures of 7-124 in Nagpur and Cummins again challenged his spinners to make the best of the conditions.

“Even in the last match we saw a lot of over-the-wicket bowling, where in Australia it’s mainly over-the-wicket bowling,” Cummins said.

“It’s a bit of an adjustment, but in some ways it doesn’t get better. You’ve got a wicket out there that’s turning, you can show how good you are.”

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