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Australia trio rest for Test

Australia captain Michael Clarke and pace-bowling duo Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle will sit out this week’s round of Sheffield Shield matches.

Several of Australia’s Test players will feature for their state sides next week, while England complete their own preparations for the Ashes opener at the Gabba from November 21 with a four-day game against an Australia Invitational XI in Sydney.

Michael Clarke, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris will conclude their Ashes preparations in Brisbane at Allan Border Field

But Clarke, Harris and Siddle will decamp to Cricket Australia’s new high-performance facility at Allan Border Field in Brisbane to work with the team’s coaching staff.

Innings of 88, seven and 43 in a pair of first-class matches have allayed fears surrounding Clarke’s troublesome back complaint for the time being, while frontline seamers Harris and Siddle claimed five wickets apiece in two games.

Australia team coach Darren Lehmann said: “We’re very pleased with Michael’s preparation ahead of the first Test. The plan for his Ashes build-up was to play two Sheffield Shield matches, which he has done successfully.

“He has spent valuable time in the middle batting and fielding. Importantly his back has coped well in both matches, but we will continue to take a sensible and cautious approach to managing him. As part of his preparation for the first Test, he will go to Brisbane for training.

“On the fast bowling front, Ryan and Peter are both in great condition. As part of their management plan they will continue their preparation under the guidance national coaching staff in Brisbane over the coming days.”

Australia will announce their squad for the first Test on Tuesday.

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