McGrath included in squad for Zimbabwe
Australia have announced their Test and one-day squads for the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe. Glenn McGrath returns to both the squads, having recovered from an ankle injury, while Cameron White, the all-rounder from Victoria, gets the national call-up for the first time. White comes into the squad in place of Stuart MacGill, who has pulled out due to personal reasons. The two to miss out from the squad that toured Sri Lanka last month are Andrew Symonds and Shaun Tait.
Shane Watson has been recalled to the one-day squad following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a back injury. Watson last played in the VB Series in 2002-03.
Trevor Hohns, the chairman of the national selection panel, confirmed that McGrath had fully recovered from an ankle injury. "Glenn's 100% and ready to go," he said, "so it's sensible that he returns to the squad given his prior status as the premier fast bowler in the world. With the short nature of the tour it's a good opportunity for Glenn to ease his way back into competitive cricket."
Hohns said that MacGill's decision to skip the tour gave the selectors a chance to pick White. "We were keen to take two spinners to Zimbabwe and given Stuart's unavailability for the tour, we now have an opportunity to look at one of our younger spinners in Cameron with a view to the future. His form in the Pura Cup with both bat and ball was very good, and we're looking forward to seeing him take the next step on the international stage."
Hohns added that Symonds's inclusion in to the squad for the Sri Lanka series was "exclusively based on the conditions in that country" and with the squad-strength being reduced from 15 to 13, an extra batsman would not be necessary. "We all know that Andrew's a quality player and never out of our thoughts because of the flexibility he offers our squads with his all-round talents."
Both the squads will assemble in Brisbane for a three-day pre-tour camp on May 9. The Test squad will depart for Zimbabwe on Thursday May 13.
1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Justin Langer, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Damien Martyn, 5 Darren Lehmann, 6 Simon Katich, 7 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 8 Jason Gillespie, 9 Michael Kasprowicz, 10 Glenn McGrath, 11 Shane Warne, 12 Cameron White, 13 Brad Williams
1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Damien Martyn, 5 Darren Lehmann, 6 Michael Clarke, 7 Andrew Symonds, 8 Ian Harvey, 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Jason Gillespie, 11 Michael Kasprowicz, 12 Glenn McGrath, 13 Shane Watson, 14 Brad Williams
17 May Two-day game v Zimbabwe A CFX Academy, Harare
23 May First Test v Zimbabwe Harare Sports Ground, Harare
29 May Second Test v Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
6 June First ODI v Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
9 June Second ODI v Zimbabwe Harare Sports Ground, Harare
12 June Third ODI v Zimbabwe Harare Sports Ground, Harare