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Watson named in Australia squad

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness for the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

Watson had to withdraw from the squad for the drawn opening Test in Brisbane with a calf injury, resulting in selectors handing Victorian batsman Quiney his debut.

While Rob Quiney failed to capitalise on his opportunity, falling to a smart catch from Dale Steyn after scoring nine runs, he has been retained as selectors wait on Watson.

"Shane Watson is making steady progress from his calf injury, but it is too early to determine if he will be fit to come under consideration for selection for the game beginning next Thursday," said National Selection Panel chairman John Inverarity.

It remains to be seen if Watson would be selected just as a batsmen, after mixed messages from the Australian camp in recent days.

Coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke both said following the end of the first Test that Watson could still be picked even if he cannot bowl.

But Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard said on Wednesday that Watson would not play in Adelaide unless he could bat and bowl.

There has also been speculation that Ben Hilfenhaus' spot in the XI could be under threat from left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who took four for 72 for New South Wales against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield this week.

Both men are in the squad.

Australia finished the first Test in a stronger position than the Proteas despite having a poor opening day at the Gabba and it is largely for that reason that the same 12 has been picked again.

"The NSP was very pleased with the strong showing by Michael Clarke's team after an indifferent opening day of the first Vodafone Test in Brisbane," Inverarity added.

"They were put under pressure early, but showed great composure to not only regroup but then put considerable pressure on South Africa."

Blues paceman Josh Hazlewood will not shadow the squad in Adelaide as he did in Brisbane because selectors want him to play for his state in upcoming Ryobi Cup matches but they have not yet decided if another developing player will receive the same opportunity.

Squad: Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson (v-c), Ed Cowan, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.