ING Cup, 2005-06 December 16, 2005

Elliott faces fitness test for top-of-table clash

Cricinfo staff

Matthew Elliott must play for his club side on Saturday © Getty Images

Matthew Elliott, who a week ago was diagnosed with a broken right wrist, has been chosen in South Australia's squad for the ING Cup match against New South Wales at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Elliott was cleared of a fracture and sustained only ligament damage while fielding against Tasmania last weekend, and he will test his fitness while playing for the club side West Torrens on Saturday.

Greg Blewett, who is suffering from back soreness, is the other concern and he will be given until the morning of the game to recover. South Australia named a 13-man squad to cover their options and they will again be captained by Darren Lehmann in the top-of-the-table contest. A win would push the Redbacks to first for the Christmas break while a New South Wales victory would maintain their lofty position.

Stuart Clark will be part of the Blues squad after Nathan Bracken was preferred by Australia for the first Test against South Africa in Perth. Clark was named 12th man and New South Wales expected him to be released for Sunday's match.

South Australia squad Matthew Elliott, Greg Blewett, Mark Cosgrove, Cameron Borgas, Darren Lehmann (capt), Callum Ferguson, Graham Manou (wk), Jason Gillespie, Daniel Cullen, Gary Putland, Mark Cleary, Trent Kelly, Paul Rofe.

New South Wales Simon Katich (capt), Phil Jaques, Corey Richards, Michael Clarke, Dominic Thornely, Aaron O'Brien, Brad Haddin (wk), Matthew Nicholson, Aaron Bird, Doug Bollinger, Stuart MacGill, Stuart Clark.