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Dec 20, 2011 at 02:40pm IST

Marsh could be available for first Test

Melbourne: Shaun Marsh, who was virtually ruled out of the first Test against India starting from December 26 here, has re-emerged as a contender for the opening game and is all set to join his Australia teammates for a batting camp here.

Marsh was considered to be out of the team's scheme of things for the first Test after he withdrew from Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman's XI's ongoing three-day warm-up match against India due to a back injury.

Even CA general manager of performance Pat Howard had declared Marsh "unlikely at this stage". But Marsh has been working extremely hard to get fit on time.

Marsh re-emerges as contender for first Test

A back injury had forced Shaun Marsh to miss the warm-up game between India and CA Chairman's XI.

And, he also claimed that he would be available for selection.

Marsh scored 141 on debut in Sri Lanka, backed it up with an 81 and 18 in Colombo, then scored 44 and a duck, which came as a number 10 after he had already suffered a back injury in Cape Town.

Ryan Harris has also declared himself fit for the opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I'm pretty good," said Harris, who bowled impressively on Tuesday in the Twenty20 Big Bash League as selector Andy Bichel observed.

"I'm aiming to play (tonight), hopefully I will get through and if everything goes well I should be right for the first Test. I need match conditions to see how it handles and see if I'm up for the first match," he was quoted as saying by Daily Telegraph.

With Shane Watson unlikely to bowl even if he is cleared of hamstring and calf complaints for the first Test, there are fears that Australia could be left with one pacer short against a solid Indian top-order.

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