Watson, Forrest, Pattinson In Australia Test Squad

Watson, Forrest, Pattinson In Australia Test Squad
Watson, Forrest, Pattinson In Australia Test Squad
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Australia have welcomed back Shane Watson to their 16-man Test squad to tour the West Indies next month, also naming both Brad Haddin and Matthew Wade in the line-up.

Fast bowler Patrick Cummins misses out due to injury while batsman Shaun Marsh has been omitted as Watson returns and Peter Forrest is handed his first call-up.

James Pattinson is also included in the squad and captain Michael Clarke is expected to be fit in time for the opening Test in Barbados from 7th April.

"The National Selection Panel (NSP) has decided on a squad of 16 for this very important tour of the West Indies," National Selector John Inverarity said.

"The NSP believes the inclusion of five fast bowlers, two spinners and two wicket-keepers will provide important flexibility and cover for any injuries that may occur in a country that is not easily accessible by replacement or standby players.

"It is anticipated Michael Clarke will be fully recovered and take his place as Captain for the first Test match in Barbados beginning on Saturday 7 April.

"Shane Watson will come back into the Test XI and he could replace Shaun Marsh in the vitally important number three position while James Pattinson’s availability will be welcomed after his excellent performances during the first four Test matches of his career during the Australian summer.

"Patrick Cummins was not considered for selection as his fitness is not well enough progressed."

Australia Test squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Michael Beer, Ed Cowan, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner

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