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Warner to play vs India in SCG; Watson, Johnson subject to fitness

Australia Cricket Team head coach Darren Lehmann has said that they are determine to make change in the playing XI for 26 January match against India at Sydney Cricket Ground. Lehmann mentions that David Warner is fit and he’ll be returning to the side. Shane Watson may also be available for the final selection but it depends on the Sunday’s training session.

David Warner, George Bailey to play against India in SCG.

He said, “Warner will be fine, he’ll come back in. Watson we’ll just see how he goes at training tomorrow.”

Stand-in captain George Bailey will once again leading the side after completion of one match ban. He didn’t play last game against England as he was finned one match ban for the slow over-rate against India in the second game of triangular series. Lehmann said that we are looking to give everyone a chance before the world cup but only one condition that they are fully fit.

Lehmann said, “We want to get everyone 100 per cent fit for the final and the World Cup, so there could be some changes again, and we could bat guys in different positions this game.”

Australian batting order may be varied in the match against India and also in upcoming Australian matches in the tri-series and world cup. Former Australian Lehmann said everything depends on who is the opponent and what are the conditions.

Darren Lehmann said, “It depends on who we’re playing and where we’re playing. And what sort of shape of the side, how many allrounders we have and where we decide to bat them.”

“The bonus is he’s (Smith) very flexible, as all our players are and that’s we need in World Cup setup and one-day setup,” he added.

On Mitchell Johnson’s inclusion to the side, Lehmann added, “He’ll be close. He’s been bowling and will be full training tomorrow and hopefully available for selection. I’m excited to see how he’s bowling, and that’s the exciting thing and hopefully he’s back to full fitness and full pace.”

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