Australia all-rounder Shane Watson to miss final Test against Sri Lanka

Last Updated: 28/12/12 6:52am

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Australia have called up Glenn Maxwell after Shane Watson was ruled out of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Watson, Australia's vice-captain, suffered a calf strain while bowling on the opening day of the second Test rout in Melbourne.

And although Watson managed to score 83 during the victory he will now miss the final Test.

Captain Michael Clarke is also a doubt due to an on-going hamstring issue so Usman Khawaja remains as part of the 13-man squad.

"Shane's out of the Sydney test match and Glenn Maxwell comes in the squad as a replacement for Watto as the all-rounder," Clarke said.

"The other player is Usman Khawaja on standby for me again. Obviously, I have a bit more extra time now winning this game in three days to give myself every chance of being right for Sydney and I'm really confident I'll be fit for Sydney, but Usman's on standby just in case."

Mitchell Starc, who was controversially rested for the second Test, is certain to return to action in the New Year's Test - while Mitchell Johnson could be utilised as an all-rounder following his man-of-the-match heroics at the MCG.

"We've got options," added Clarke. "If we think the wicket's going to spin we have the option of Maxwell, if you think there will be enough in there to play four fast bowlers and a spinner, you have Johnson."

Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Usman Khawaja

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