SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: David Warner of Australia chases the ball during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Australian opener David Warner is expected to line up against England for the second Test of the Ashes series on Thursday in Adelaide.

The veteran batsman did not feature in the second innings of the Gabba Test following a blow to the ribs from English bowler Mark Wood, however in-form middle-order batsman Travis Head has revealed Warner is a strong chance to be named for the second Test.

Speaking to reporters, Head stated that Warner is "ready to go" after enjoying some required rest.   Head said.

“I haven’t been around the boys for a couple of days, but I flew home with him a couple of days ago, his family came to Adelaide which is nice, and he felt like he was in a good space," Head said.

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“Obviously he’s a little bit sore. We didn’t take any risks with him.

“He was going to bat, but in the end our bowlers did a fantastic job to give him a day off. I think for him it’s just rest.

“I think he’s ready to go, so no issues with David.”

Should Warner fail to reach match fitness ahead of the Test, Queensland batsman Usman Khawaja frames as the likely option to be his successor.

Khawaja has joined Australia's 14-man squad in South Australia, with a spot against England sure to be his best chance of impressing selectors.

Australia has already been forced into one change for the Adelaide Test, with fast bowler Josh Hazlewood ruled out of the match.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Jhye Richardson of Australia celebrates after taking his first test wicket, the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka during day one of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Gabba on January 24, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Hazlewood's absence is likely to be filled by Western Australian Jhye Richardson, with Michael Neser also being considered.

Across the countering camp, England are tipped to welcome back lethal duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad on Thursday, after the veteran pair were put on ice for the Brisbane Test.