Clarke and Lee passed fit for NSW
Michael Clarke and Brett Lee have been given the all-clear to return for New South Wales in Sunday's FR Cup match against Tasmania as they attempt to prove they are fit enough for Test selection. Clarke's back injury, which ruled him out of tours to South Africa and India, has continued to improve while Lee has overcome an elbow problem that forced him home early from India.
Clarke, Australia's vice-captain, has been plagued by the degenerative problem for two months and will tread carefully before the first Test against the West Indies on November 26. The scenario is different for Lee, who must fire over the next week to prove to the selectors he should be in the squad.
Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have become the first-choice Test fast men while Lee has had ankle, side and elbow injuries. "I've been around long enough to know all I can do is let my bowling do the talking," Lee told the Daily Telegraph. "I'm proud of my record so we'll see how we go. I feel if I'm 100% fit and playing cricket I'd like to be in that first Test. I don't see there being any pecking orders."
It will be Lee's first one-day game for his state since 2007 while Clarke last appeared in the format three years ago. The pair's selection means New South Wales have eight internationals to pick from for the game at North Sydney Oval.
Josh Hazlewood, the young fast bowler, and Burt Cockley, who was a replacement in India without playing a game, are also in the squad. Mitchell Starc, Ben Rohrer and Dominic Thornely have been dropped.
Victoria take on Western Australia in Melbourne on Saturday and have been hit by the withdrawal of the fast bowler Shane Harwood, who injured his right shoulder at training on Thursday. Harwood had surgery on the arm before the season and will be replaced by Steve Gilmour, who made his first-class debut last season.
The injury is another blow for the team, which is also without Andrew McDonald, Cameron White, Clint McKay and Jon Holland. Cricket Australia has ordered those players to rest after they were part of the India tour.
Luke Ronchi, the Western Australia wicketkeeper, has called for an improvement in the side's run-making following their FR Cup start of one win from three games. "Our batting has been letting us down," he said. "We haven't been scoring enough runs."
New South Wales squad Phillip Hughes, David Warner, Phil Jaques, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich (capt), Brad Haddin (wk), Steven Smith, Brett Lee, Stephen O'Keefe, Stuart Clark, Burt Cockley, Josh Hazlewood.
Victoria squad Rob Quiney, Chris Rogers, Brad Hodge, David Hussey (capt), Aaron Finch, Michael Hill, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Glenn Maxwell, Darren Pattinson, Steve Gilmour, Bryce McGain.
Western Australia squad Wes Robinson, Marcus Stoinis, Marcus North (capt), David Bandy, Theo Doropoulos, Mitchell Marsh, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ashley Noffke, Aaron Heal, Brad Knowles, Brett Dorey, Michael Hogan.