Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has confirmed the following players for the First Commonwealth Bank Test against India in Brisbane starting December 4.

Michael Clarke was in the test squad but depends on his fitness. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The 12-player Australian squad for the first Commonwealth Bank Test is:
Michael Clarke (c)    NSW*
Brad Haddin (vc)    NSW
Ryan Harris    QLD
Josh Hazlewood    NSW
Mitchell Johnson    WA
Nathan Lyon    NSW
Mitchell Marsh    WA
Chris Rogers    VIC
Peter Siddle    VIC
Steve Smith    NSW
David Warner    NSW
Shane Watson    NSW

*Notes subject to fitness

Selectors have named the injured Captain Michael Clarke in the first Test squad subject to fitness.

Clarke continues to undergo daily treatment for his injured hamstring that forced him out of Australia’s One-Day International series against South Africa as well as his ongoing back condition. The plan is for Clarke to resume running over the coming days. If successful he will play for the CA XI in its two-day tour match against the touring Indian side at the Adelaide Oval on Friday 28 November. Should Clarke play that match and recover well he will take his place in the Test side.

Selectors will consider calling in a replacement batsman to the Test squad if Clarke does not recover sufficiently.

Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner said: “We still have some time before having to make a final decision on Michael’s fitness.

“As you would expect, he’s desperate to play and we are doing all that we can to ensure he can do just that. Over the coming days the plan is to build him up so that he can resume running with the ultimate aim of getting him some high-intensity match practice ahead of the first Test.”

Queensland paceman Ryan Harris returns to the Test squad following his recovery from knee surgery and will play in the upcoming round of Shield as part of his build up to the Test.

Uncapped New South Wales paceman Josh Hazlewood has been rewarded for strong recent performances with inclusion in the Test squad for the first time since 2012-13. Hazlewood claimed nine wickets in the Carlton Mid ODI Series against South Africa.

Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell have been omitted from Australia’s last Test side that faced Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Commenting on the squad chosen to help reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, National Selector Rod Marsh said:
“Michael Clarke has been included subject to fitness. We would have preferred him to play in the round of Sheffield Shield starting tomorrow but unfortunately his condition did not allow him enough time to be ready for that match.

“The aim is for him to play in the two-day CA XI match against India at the Adelaide Oval starting this Friday and his selection for the first Test is very much dependent on him pulling up well from that match.

“It goes without saying that Michael is a world-class batsman and it is important that he is 100 per-cent fit to be able to play in the first Test.

Commenting on the inclusion of Hazlewood and Harris, Marsh said:
“Josh is a young player of great talent and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity. He has impressed in the recent one-day series and we are excited to see what he can produce if given the opportunity in Brisbane.

“Ryan has worked extremely hard to return to elite cricket following his knee surgery. We know what a quality player he is. He will play in this upcoming round of Sheffield Shield to get more bowling under his belt but we are all hopeful he will be ready for a big summer of cricket.”

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