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Warner may or may not be capable of grinding, so we’ll see whether he can get patience, shot selection and stickability together. If he can bat long he’s capable of murdering anything loose, so if the head can go down...

Khawaja needs to deliver an innings similar to the one he managed on a minefield at Bellerive early in the last Australian season, and while you’d assume he’s still safe for the final Test here he’s definitely batting for his place in the side over the next three innings.

There aren’t too many question marks over Clarke, but Smith will also be looking to secure a place in the longer term, while we’ll just have to wait and see what happen with Watson’s groin as far as batting goes. On that basis the longer the top order can bat the better it has to look as far as he’s concerned.

So, with two days to go, we’ve got plenty to look at. What we don’t need are too many additional questions

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