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Hauritz, Clarke get their chance

By Michael Crutcher 21/05/2003 05:35:36 AM Comments (0)

Young players Nathan Hauritz and Michael Clarke will return to one-day international cricket after Australian selectors made two changes for the third match against the West Indies in St Lucia.

Hauritz will replace paceman Brett Lee while Clarke comes in for Adam Gilchrist in the only changes to the team which took a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series in Jamaica last weekend.

Gilchrist and Lee have been rested, enabling Jimmy Maher to take over as wicketkeeper in a relatively young team which has the task of winning Australia's 20th consecutive one-day match.

Batsman Darren Lehmann remained sidelined with a calf injury while all-rounder Ian Harvey was overlooked despite recovering from a stomach muscle problem.

Clarke played his only one-day international in January, making an unbeaten 39 in Australia's victory over England in Adelaide.

The right-handed batsman played one first-class match last month during the Test tour and remained in the Caribbean to replace injured batsman Damien Martyn.

Hauritz has played five one-day matches, but none since September 5 last year when he claimed 4-39 from 10 overs in Australia's tight win over Kenya in Nairobi.

The Queensland off-spinner has spent plenty of days on tour since as part of the Test squad which played Pakistan in Colombo and Sharjah before he was called into the World Cup squad when Shane Warne was banned for taking an illegal substance.

Hauritz will join Brad Hogg as specialist spinners, although Hogg had a sore face after he was struck by a ball during Australia's training session.

A shot from Andrew Symonds bounced off a post and hit Hogg above the lip but he is expected to play.

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