Usman Khawaja as standby for Clarke

Published: Dec 19, 2012, 08:12 IST | AFP

Usman Khawaja was put on standby for injured Australian captain Michael Clarke in a 12-man squad named for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day

Tasmania paceman Jackson Bird was another newcomer in the squad, after Ben Hilfenhaus was omitted due to injury.

Clarke, who strained his right hamstring in Australia's 137-run win over the Sri Lankans in the first Hobart Test which finished on Tuesday, said he was confident he would be fit for Melbourne.

“It’s not too bad. I’ve got a bit of time now between now and Boxing Day and I’ll be having a lot of treatment but I’m confident I’ll be fit for Boxing Day,” he said.
 

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