Cricket Australia has decided Stuart MacGill will gain more from fitness work than match practice after ruling him out of New South Wales' Pura Cup game with Victoria on Friday. MacGill, who struggled during the second Test against Sri Lanka, is battling a knee injury and has a month to prove he is capable of facing India on Boxing Day.
MacGill will spend the next two weeks working on the problem and the New South Wales management will consider him for the match against Queensland starting on December 14, leaving him with only one game to show he is ready. Brett Lee has also been handed a four-day rest after winning the Man-of-the-Series prize in the Sri Lanka series, but he will play in the FR Cup fixture against the Bushrangers on Wednesday.
While Lee's workload is being managed ahead of a hectic international summer, Stuart Clark was chosen in both squads. Phil Jaques, who registered back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka, was due to appear in each match but withdrew from the FR Cup contest with an ear infection. Michael Clarke will miss the limited-overs fixture but will appear in the Pura Cup after batting only twice during the Test series.
Victoria have named a 12-man FR Cup squad with Shane Harwood returning from a groin injury and Bryce McGain also included. The pair has replaced Cameron White, who had surgery on Monday to have a pin inserted in the broken bone in his foot, and Gerard Denton, who has an ankle niggle.
Victoria FR Cup squad Michael Klinger, Aiden Blizzard, Brad Hodge (capt), David Hussey, Robert Quiney, Andrew McDonald, Adam Crosthwaite (wk), John Hastings, Shane Harwood, Bryce McGain, Dirk Nannes, Allan Wise.
New South Wales FR Cup squad Phillip Hughes, Ed Cowan, Simon Katich (capt), Peter Forrest, Dominic Thornely, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Doug Bollinger.
New South Wales Pura Cup squad Phil Jaques, Peter Forrest, Simon Katich (capt), Michael Clarke, Dominic Thornely, Brad Haddin (wk), Grant Lambert, Matthew Nicholson, Nathan Bracken, Beau Casson, Stuart Clark, Doug Bollinger.