Michael Clarke set to lead out Australia v Sri Lanka in Mike Hussey's Test farewell
Last Updated: 02/01/13 11:32pm
Michael Clarke: Should play despite hamstring niggle
Michael Clarke is set to lead Australia out in the final Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney after passing a fitness test.
The home captain has been troubled by a hamstring problem, but he is expected to take his place in the side as Australia look to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
Mike Hussey will be playing in his 79th and final Test, but all-rounder Shane Watson has been ruled out after he aggravated a calf problem.
Australia opening batsman Ed Cowan has spoken of his desire to send team-mate Hussey off in style.
"We have spoken at some length about our determination to make sure we win this series 3-0," he said.
"We experienced some disappointment earlier in the season and this is us, I guess, trying to vent that a little bit and we're pretty keen to see Mike off with flying colours."
Cricket Australia selectors have confirmed that pacemen Mitchell Starc will return, while there could be a debut for all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in Watson's place.
Sri Lanka will be without veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara after he fractured a finger in the Boxing Day Test, while seamer Chanaka Welegedera is out with a hamstring injury.
The deflated tourists also have fitness doubts over wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene (thumb) and paceman Nuwan Kulasekara (ribs).
Lahiru Thirimanne has joined the squad and Suranga Lakmal is on his way for what will be Mahela Jayawardene's last match as captain before he hands over the reigns to Angelo Mathews.
The players will observe a minute's silence ahead of Thursday's start in memory of former England all-rounder Tony Greig, who died on Saturday aged 66.
While the Test is the traditional 'pink' match in honour of the former wife of retired quick Glenn McGrath, the life of Greig will also be remembered.
"Tony Greig in Sri Lanka will be very fondly remembered for embracing Sri Lankan players and the Sri Lankan people from 1995 onwards, and getting behind us and promoting us positively across the world," said batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who misses the match and subsequent one-day series following an injury in the Boxing Day Test.
"He's been a very good friend of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He has been a great non-Sri Lankan ambassador. Everyone in Sri Lanka feels sad."