Despite stiff neck, Warner determined to play first Ashes Test

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Warner had hurt his neck during a fielding drill on Tuesday.

Subsequently, Glenn Maxwell has been called up to the squad as cover.

The uncertainty complicates what would otherwise be a straightforward selection for Australia on Thursday morning.

"Shaun Marsh has obviously got a bit of history with back injuries". But Marsh himself being under a cloud muddies those waters somewhat.

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However, should Warner lose his fitness race, the hard-hitting Maxwell could slot into the middle order, with Marsh elevated to open alongside uncapped Western Australia team-mate Cameron Bancroft, Cricket Australia said.

Warner has a stiff neck after injuring it at training, while Marsh has been dealing with a back issue.

A day later, though, his captain said: "Davey's going well". "He had a hit just before".

"He's very confident and he says he'll be right to go", Smith said of Warner on Wednesday.

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Hugh Morris, Glamorgan's director of cricket, said: "We wanted to bring in someone who is experienced at worldwide level, can bat at the top of the order and can play in all three formats of the game, and Shaun ticks all of those boxes for us". Guys have injuries every now and then and have little niggles.

"He said he'll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to and face the other way (laughs), so I think he'll be alright".

"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".

However, Maxwell has played Australia's four most recent Test matches, in India and Bangladesh, and also scored a 100 in Ranchi in March.

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"It's the reason why Australia play the first Test of a series here all the time".

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