Glenn Maxwell added to the squad as cover for David Warner

Glenn Maxwell added to the squad as cover for David Warner

Glenn Maxwell added to the squad as cover for David Warner

Glenn Maxwell has been called into Australia's Ashes squad as cover for vice-captain David Warner, but Steve Smith's side remains confident the big-hitting batsman will take on England in the first Test.

Australia captain Steven Smith has no doubt that Warner will play.

The first Test match gets underway at the Gabba in Brisbane tomorrow and vice-captain Warner felt a twinge in his neck during training.

"They're thinking about it (bringing in a replacement player) at the moment, but Davey is confident he'll be OK".

"Davey's going well", Smith said after Australia's training session on Wednesday. After being criticised for his inclusion in the Ashes squad, the southpaw, who was expected to start the opener against England at the Gabba might miss out as he is reportedly suffering a back problem.

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"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".

"He said he'll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul if he has to, and face the other way", said Smith. "But I don't think we need to change our plans on anything".

"We hope he can continue improving and be 100 per cent at 10 in the morning".

Australia are sweating on the fitness of another key batsman, with Shaun Marsh the latest injury concern on the eve of the Ashes.

"It's improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours".

Bancroft was a surprise call-up in place of Matt Renshaw, and will make his Test debut in the Ashes - the first Australian opener to do so since 1993.

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