Clarke declared fit for final Test against Sri Lanka
Posted on: 08:37 AM IST Jan 02, 2013
Sydney: Australia skipper Michael Clarke declared himself fit to play before announcing a team featuring four fast bowlers on the eve of the third Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Clarke has been struggling with a hamstring injury but took full part in training at the Sydney Cricket Ground before springing a surprise with the team selection for the dead rubber match.
With the nation debating which of the fast bowlers would be dropped for the match, Australian selectors decided to include four along with spinner Nathan Lyon.
Mitchell Starc returns after being rested for the innings and 201 victory in the second Test in Melbourne to join Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird.
Starc is a numerical replacement for allrounder Shane Watson, who was ruled out of the match with a recurrence of a calf strain.
Mike Hussey, who has announced that the Test will be his last, will therefore bat at number five in his last innings for his country.
Uncapped allrounder Glen Maxwell was named 12th man with Usman Khawaja remaining on standby in case Clarke suffers a relapse over the next 24 hours.
Australia also won the opening Test in Hobart and hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Team: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon.