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Clarke and Warner back in squad

Calcutta: Captain Michael Clarke and David Warner and Matthew Wade will return to the Australia squad for the third and fourth one-day Internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka.

All-rounder Moises Henriques, who has played two ODIs, has also been recalled.

Top-order batsmen Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, all-rounder Steve Smith and seam bowler Ben Cutting have been dropped while wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has a hamstring injury.

The trio — Clarke, Warner and Wade — missed the first two matches of the five-match series, which is tied 1-1. While Australia won the first match, Sri Lanka won the second. The next two matches are in Brisbane and Sydney on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Sri Lanka opener Tillekaratne Dilshan said the return of Clarke, Wade and Warner made the Australian team stronger.

“They are great players in the Australian side. They are match-winners,” he said.

The squad

Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.