Sydney, March 14: Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke will be come fit to play the first Test cricket against the West Indies, selectors said as they named a squad that saw the return of spin bowler Michael Beer.
Clarke was ruled out of the one-day series in the Caribbean they starts on 16-03-2012 after injuring his hamstring in a tri-series against Sri Lanka earlier this month.But after intense get the treatment, he was included in the 16-man Test Australia squad.It is anticipated Michael Clarke will be fully recovered and take his place as captain for the 1st Test match in Barbados beginning on Saturday April 7-2012, said national selector John Inverarity.
Shane Watson and James Pattinson were both was come backed after their injury-marred Australian summers but Shaun Marsh remains on the outer after not in fit form.The biggest surprise was return of Beer, who is yet add to his one Test against England in January last year.He joins a list that includes spinner Nathan Lyon, batting new all rounder Peter Forrest and 2 wicketkeepers, Brad Haddin and Matthew Wade.
The selection committee believes the inclusion of 5 fast bowlers, 2 spinners and 2 wicket-keepers will provide main flexibility, said Inverarity.He added that it would also provide cover for any injuries may occur in a presently not easily accessible by replacement or standby players.Teenage bowler Patrick Cummins remains unavailable due to fitness, having missed the entire Australian summer with a foot injury.
Following from the Barbados Test, Australia play a 2nd Test at Port of Spain in Trinidad and a 3rd at Roseau, Dominica.
Squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson (vice-capt), Michael Beer, Ed Cowan, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.