The Cricket Australia (CA) National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced a 13-player squad for games three and four of the Commonwealth Bank Series against the West Indies in Canberra and Sydney.
The NSP has also finalised the departure dates of players on Australia’s VB Tour of India.
The Australian squad for games three and four of the Commonwealth Bank Series is:
Michael Clarke (Capt)
Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “Shane Watson comes back into the squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series against West Indies as an opening batsman. Shane has recovered from his injury and we look forward to seeing him get back to his best.
“He has replaced Usman Khawaja in the 13-man squad for the fixtures at Manuka Oval and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“The players in the 17-man squad will travel to India in three separate groups in an effort to find the best balance for players.
“The First Test in Chennai is scheduled for 22-26 February. The principal warm-up fixture, a three-day game, will take place 16-18 February and another fixture will be held on 12-13 February, both in Chennai.
“It is planned to have Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Steve Smith travel to India on 7 February.
“Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade will depart on 9 February, as will David Warner who is unavailable for the remainder of the Australian international summer as he recovers from his thumb injury.
“The remaining six players - Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson - will travel on 11 February at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Bank Series against West Indies. These plans are subject to minor alterations.
“Ashton Agar, the 19 year-old slow left-arm spin bowler who has shown great promise since he debuted for West Australia in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales on 24-27 January, will be in India for the period 9-16 February and will play in the first warm-up fixture. He will provide ideal practice for the batsmen in the lead-up to that first Test in Chennai.
“Last year we took Mitchell Starc to the West Indies to further his development and this is a similar opportunity for Ashton,” Inverarity said.
Australia’s VB Tour of India departure dates:
7 February: Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith.
9 February: Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, David Warner, (Ashton Agar, WA).
11 February: Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson.
Australia’s four Test VB Tour of India:
12-13 February: Guru Nanak Ground, Chennai
16-18 February: Guru Nanak Ground, Chennai
First Test, 22 - 26 February 2013: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Second Test, 2 - 6 March 2013: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Third Test, 14 - 18 March 2013: PCA Stadium, Mohali
Fourth Test, 22 - 26 March 2013: Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, Delhi
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First Posted 04 February, 2013 10:00AM AEST