Perth: Australia's captain Michael Clarke believes his former state team-mate Peter Forrest can go on to become a top order Test batsman, though he has not yet revealed whether or not he will hand him a debut ODI cap in Friday's match against Sri Lanka in Perth.
Forrest is expected to be included in the XI for Australia's second match of the triangular series, but Clarke and the rest of the selection panel must decide which batsman should make way. Having watched Forrest at close quarters in New South Wales, then admired his run-scoring for Queensland this summer, Clarke was in little doubt about his capacity to make an impression in Tests. They were heartening words for Forrest ahead of the West Indies tour, and a little more than a year out from the 2013 Ashes.
"Foz is a wonderful talent and has been pretty successful for Queensland this year, he's got a very good technique, certainly a good top order batsman, and he can play a big part in Australian cricket going forward," Clarke said. "A very gifted player, a good fielder, very good batter. And not just in one-day cricket, I think he's got the potential to play Test cricket as well in the future.