Michael Clarke in Australia Squad for Gabba Test

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Injured Captain Michael Clarke has been named in Australia’s 12-man squad for the 1st Test match at the Gabba in Brisbane which begins on December 4th. Cricket Australia has asked the 33-year-old Michael Clarke who had suffered a hamstring injury recently to prove his fitness ahead of the Gabba Test by playing in the tour match at Adelaide against the Indians.

Michael Clarke most likely to miss Australia vs India, 1st Test at Brisbane

All-rounder Shane Watson and opening bowler Ryan Harris comeback in the team after recovering from their respective injuries. Making way for this duo are Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc.

The Australian selectors have name uncapped 23-year-old New South Wales fast bowler Josh Hazlewood who has impressed them with superb performances in the recently concluded ODI Series against South Africa.

If Michael Clarke fails to prove his fitness then Cricket Australia would be replacing him with another batsman ahead of the Gabba Test. Wicket Keeper Brad Haddin who is the Vice-Captain will in that case get the opportunity to lead Australia for the first time in his Test career.

There is a slight controversy going on though as Michael Clarke had ruled himself out of the 2-day match against the Indians but has stated that he will be passed fit by playing grade cricket. With Cricket Australia throwing an ultimatum to Michael Clarke to prove his fitness only by getting through the tour match, it is going to be difficult to see the Australian Captain play in the Gabba Test. Michael Clarke’s counterpart MS Dhoni too is out of the 1st Test at Brisbane.

Australia Squad for 1st Test at Brisbane: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (Captain), Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (Vice-Captain and Wicket Keeper), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood

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