Shaun Marsh could be fit for India series

Updated: Dec 07, 2011, 12:56 PM IST

Melbourne: There is some good news for the injury-hit Australian cricket team as opener Shaun Marsh is likely to be fit for the upcoming Test series against India and might even play the two warm-up matches before that.

Marsh, recuperating from a back injury, is likely to play against the Indians in one of their two warm-up matches in Canberra to get some match fitness before the opening Test in here from December 26.

Australia -- hit by injuries to its pace bowlers such as Pat Cummins, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson -- have two warm-up matches before the main series.

The first is a two-day match beginning on December 15, before a three-day game starting December 19.

Australia`s physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the opener`s fitness would be put to test during the practice games.

"Marsh had a run and is due to bat later this week as part of his programme to try to get up for Boxing Day and probably play one of the Chairman`s XI games," Kountouris was quoted as saying by the newspapers here.