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Clarke gets through fitness test

Australian captain Michael Clarke appears on track to play in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney after completing a lengthy fitness test at the SCG on Tuesday.

Usman Khawaja is with the squad on standby in case Clarke's hamstring problem rules him out of the match which starts on Thursday.

But the skipper seemed to come through unscathed when put through his paces by team physio Alex Kountouris, combining running and walking exercises for nearly half an hour.

Clarke was troubled by the hamstring issue before the second Test in Melbourne last week but pulled through to make a century.

Given the third Test is a dead rubber, the Australians won't want to risk their leader and premier batsman.

However, every indication is Clarke will play at the SCG in veteran Michael Hussey's last match in the baggy green.


Meanwhile, No.3 batsman Phil Hughes said the Test for him was more about cementing his place in the Australian team than reflecting on being back at his former home ground.

Hughes has only played two Tests at the SCG for a highest score of 37, but the left-hander spent years piling on Sheffield Shield runs at his home State venue before seeking a fresh start at South Australia this summer.

The 24-year-old was pleased to be back in familiar surrounds in his third coming as a Test batsman, but was more focused on ensuring he stayed in the line-up this time.

"It's about getting runs and performing. I really want to cement myself in this team," Hughes said on Tuesday.

"I've been in and out of the team a number of times over the last three or four years. But I'd really like to cement my spot at that number three position, given that opportunity.

"There's no particular ground I love the most ... probably if anything, it's the MCG or Adelaide.

"But I do love the SCG and it's great to be back here."

Paceman Peter Siddle said the Test would be an emotional one for all involved given the death of respected former cricket great and commentator Tony Greig last Saturday and also the imminent Test retirement of Hussey.

"We'll go out and hopefully put on a good show and honour those people involved," Siddle said.