Fast bowler Bird replaces injured Hilfenhaus in Oz squad for Melbourne Test

Sydney, Dec 18(ANI): Australia has named Jackson Bird as replacement for injured Ben Hilfenhaus for the second Test match in Melbourne, starting December 26, while injured captain Michael Clarke has also been named in the 12-man squad.

Hilfenhaus has been ruled out with a side strain after breaking down on Sunday during Sri Lanka's first innings in the first Test in Hobart.

Uncapped Tasmania pace man Bird comes into the squad while former Test No.3 Usman Khawaja has been placed on standby for Clarke.

Clarke, who retired hurt on 57 after injuring his right hamstring while batting on Monday, fielded at first slip on Tuesday as Australia claimed victory by 137 runs.

"It's not too bad. I'll be having plenty of treatment and I'm confident I'll be right for Boxing Day," the Age quoted Clarke, as saying.

Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Jackson Bird. (Usman Khawaja on standby for Clarke). (ANI)


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