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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2005, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Lee cleared for Old Trafford Test
Brett Lee
Australia paceman Brett Lee has been passed fit for Thursday's third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford.

He had been a doubt after needing hospital treatment for a knee infection but will now be named in the team.

Lee and fellow pace bowler Glenn McGrath, who missed the Edgbaston defeat after damaging ankle ligaments, trained at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

McGrath did not look in too much discomfort and will be given until Thursday morning to prove his fitness.

The availability of Lee is a huge boost for Australia, who had called up New South Wales and Middlesex seamer Stuart Clark as cover.

But there is the possibility that they could now have their strongest line-up available.

Captain Ricky Ponting said of McGrath: "He has come a long way from being on crutches. He has improved dramatically and fingers crossed with him.

"It hurt him to miss the last Test and he will be keen to prove everyone wrong."

Should McGrath pass his fitness test, he is likely to oust Michael Kasprowicz from the starting line-up.

But Australia are expected to resist the opportunity to play Stuart MacGill as a second spinner.

England, who won the second Test to level the five-match series at 1-1, have delayed naming their XI as they study the nature of the pitch.

The Manchester wicket is expected to be hard and bouncy early on, which could mean a debut for tall paceman Chris Tremlett - possibly at the expense of Matthew Hoggard.


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