Usman Khawaja on standby for injured Michael Clarke in 2nd Test

The left-handed batsman may come into the squad in case the injured Aussie skipper isn't fit for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka.

updated: December 18, 2012 15:58 IST
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Hobart: Usman Khawaja was put on standby for injured Australian captain Michael Clarke in a 12-man squad named on Tuesday for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Uncapped 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.

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