Watson back in Australia fold
Shane Watson has been recalled to the Australia one-day squad for the rest of their series against the West Indies.
Watson, who replaces Usman Khawaja, will take part in the final three games before heading off to India as part of the last of three groups to make the trip for their tour of the sub-continent.
The all-rounder has been back as a batsman only following a recurring problem with his calf, and his results so far have been less than spectacular.
But he will fancy his chances of scoring runs on a friendly Manuka Oval pitch in Canberra in the third game of the series, the same pitch that saw almost 650 runs scored when the tourists played the Prime Minister's XI in a tour match last week.
Watson, captain Michael Clarke, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Starc, Phillip Hughes and Mitchell Johnson wil miss Australia's opening warm-up clash in Chennai in order to take part in the remainder of the West Indies matches.
David Warner, Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell will fly out to India on February 9, in time to take part in the first tour match, joining Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Steve Smith, who will leave two days earlier.
West Australia's teenage spin bowler Ashton Agar will travel in a development capacity after three superb domestic displays since his debut for the Warriors against New South Wales at Blacktown Oval.
"[Agar] will be in India for the period 9-16 February and will play in the first warm-up fixture," the national selector John Inverarity said. "He will provide ideal practice for the batsmen in the lead-up to that first Test in Chennai.
"Last year we took Mitchell Starc to the West Indies to further his development and this is a similar opportunity for Ashton."