McGrath returns for Zimbabwe tour

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

A fully fit Glenn McGrath will return to action from a nine-month lay off next month after being named in the Australian squad for the tour of Zimbabwe.

McGrath returns for Zimbabwe tour

Sydney:

A fully fit Glenn McGrath will return to action from a nine-month lay off next month after being named in the Australian squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. McGrath has recovered from the ankle injury that prevented him from playing against India this home season and features both in the Test and one-day squads announced by Cricket Australia here today. Among other changes, Cameron White replaces Stuart MacGill in the Test team after the latter advised the selectors of his unavailability for personal reasons. All-rounder Andrew Symonds and paceman Shaun Tait have been omitted from the Test squad which toured Sri Lanka last month while Shane Watson has been recalled to the one-day side following a lengthy spell on the sideline with a back injury. National Selection Panel Chairman Trevor Hohns said McGrath deserved an opportunity to once again prove himself at an international level. "Glenn is 100 per cent fit and ready to go, so it is sensible that he returns to the squad given his prior status as the premier fast bowler in the world," he said. "With the short nature of the tour it is a good opportunity for Glenn to ease his way back into competitive cricket and it gives us an opportunity to assess how well he is going into the next 12 months and what lies ahead for the Australian cricket team." Australia are to play two Tests and three limited overs internationals. The Test team departs on May 13. MacGill pulls outLeg-spinner Stuart MacGill has refused to take part in the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe on moral and ethical grounds. The Nottinghamshire bowler has made himself unavailable as he "did not believe he could tour Zimbabwe and maintain a clear conscience".Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said MacGill would not be punished for refusing to go on tour. Sutherland added that the rest of the team agreed to go ahead with the tour.Test squadMatthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting (captain), Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann, Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie, Michael Kasprowicz, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Cameron White, Brad Williams One-day squadMatthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting (captain), Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Ian Harvey, Brad Hogg, Jason Gillespie, Michael Kasprowicz, Glenn McGrath, Shane Watson, Brad Williams Tour itinerary 17 May: Two-day game v Zimbabwe A CFX Academy, Harare23 May: First Test v Zimbabwe Harare Sports Ground, Harare29 May: Second Test v Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo6 June First ODI v Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo9 June: Second ODI v Zimbabwe Harare Sports Ground, Harare12 June: Third ODI v Zimbabwe Harare Sports Ground, Harare (PTI)



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