The Ashes: Injuries force Australia to delay naming Perth Test XI

Ryan Harris bowled at full pace in the nets on Thursday and didn't appear to be troubled by the knee soreness. Faulkner, who has been 12th man for the first two Tests, was hit on the right hand during a net session and taken for scans.

updated: December 12, 2013 12:57 IST
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Perth: Michael Clarke has delayed naming his starting XI for the third Ashes Test to give paceman Ryan Harris time to prove his fitness and to await medical scans on James Faulkner's injured hand.

Australia can regain the Ashes with a win in the third Test starting Friday at the WACA, where conditions are ideal for Harris and pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson.

"Ryan bowled today so we're going to have to wait and see how he pulls up," Clarke said. "I'm confident he'll be fine."

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