Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident he’ll be fit for the second Test against Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Boxing Day despite suffering a hamstring strain in the first Test in Hobart.
Australia have named a 13-man squad including uncapped Tasmania right-armer Jackson Bird who replaces injured swing specialist Ben Hilfenhaus.
Tasmania's Hilfenhaus broke down with a side strain during Sri Lanka's first innings of the first Test which Australia won by 137 runs on Tuesday.
Clarke retired hurt for 57 during Australia's second innings on Monday and fielded at first slip on Tuesday, taking a low diving catch.
Former Test No.3 Usman Khawaja was named on his 26th birthday as a standby player for Clarke for the Melbourne Test.
Khawaja, who averages under 30 in his six Tests, was dropped after Australia's shock loss to New Zealand in Hobart a year ago.
Barrel-chested Bird, also 26, deserves a call-up after shooting to the top of the Sheffield Shield wicket-taking table.
Left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson - who was 12th man for the Hobart Test - remains in the squad and is likely to present a stronger case for selection in the final 11 than Bird however.
In a cheerful mood after his side's win with 10.4 overs remaining on Tuesday night, Clarke said his hamstring injury was not too bad.
"I'll be having plenty of treatment but I'll be confident I'll be right for Boxing Day," said Clarke, who's the leading runscorer in Test cricket in 2012 and is 55 runs shy of Ricky Ponting's 2005 national record of 1544 runs in a calendar year.
"I'm always going to be positive because I know I'm in great hands with Alex (team physio Alex Kountouris).
"Mickey (coach Mickey Arthur) and the selectors will give me as much time as required leading into the game.
"My preparation will be a bit different in the lead-up to this Test match but I’ve done a fair bit of batting through the summer.
"So I'm confident if I can do everything in my power and things go my way, I'm really positive about the opportunity to be right for Boxing Day."
’Clarke said scans had revealed he had a right-hamstring strain.
"To what level I don’t know," he said.
Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Jackson Bird. (Usman Khawaja on standby for Clarke).