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Watson back in one-day fold

4th February 2013, 07:28am

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Shane Watson: Has recovered from a calf injury

Shane Watson: Has recovered from a calf injury

Shane Watson will return for Australia in the third and fourth one-day matches against the West Indies after recovering from a calf injury.

The 30-year-old has been named as a replacement for Usman Khawaja and will open the batting for the side as selectors prepare to send players named for the upcoming tour of India to the subcontinent in separate groups.

Fast bowler Ben Cutting has also been named in the squad while in-form batsman Dave Warner will miss the rest of the series after injuring his left thumb in training last week.

National selector John Inverarity talked up the return of Watson and also explained the staggered travel plans for the squad to India.

"Shane Watson comes back into the squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series against West Indies as an opening batsman. Shane has recovered from his injury and we look forward to seeing him get back to his best," Inverarity said today.

"The players in the 17-man squad will travel to India in three separate groups in an effort to find the best balance for players.

"The first Test in Chennai is scheduled for 22-26 February. The principal warm-up fixture, a three-day game, will take place 16-18 February and another fixture will be held on 12-13 February, both in Chennai.

"It is planned to have Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Steve Smith travel to India on February 7.

"Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade will depart on February 9, as will David Warner who is unavailable for the remainder of the Australian international summer as he recovers from his thumb injury.

"The remaining six players - Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Xavier Doherty,

Mitchell Starc, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson - will travel on February 11 at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Bank Series against West Indies. These plans are subject to minor alterations."

Young bowler Ashton Agar, who has impressed with his performances for Western Australian recently, will also travel to India to take part in the warm-up game in a move Inverarity compared to Mitchell Starc's time in the West Indies last year.

"Ashton Agar, the 19 year-old slow left-arm spin bowler who has shown great promise since he debuted for West Australia in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales on January 24-27, will be in India for the period 9-16 February and will play in the first warm-up fixture," Inverarity said.

"He will provide ideal practice for the batsmen in the lead-up to that first Test in Chennai.

"Last year we took Mitchell Starc to the West Indies to further his development and this is a similar opportunity for Ashton."


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