2 Jan 2013

Clarke fit, Australia go with four quicks

2:51 pm on 2 January 2013

The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke declared himself fit to play before announcing a team featuring four fast bowlers on the eve of the third test against Sri Lanka.

Mitchell Starc returns after being rested for the innings and 201 victory in the second test in Melbourne to join Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird, and spinner Nathan Lyon.

Starc is a numerical replacement for all-rounder Shane Watson, who was ruled out of the match with a recurrence of a calf strain.

Mike Hussey, who has announced that the test will be his last, will therefore bat at number five in his last innings for his country.

Australia also won the opening test in Hobart and hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.