National chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said McGrath was firming to resume play after missing South Africa and Bangladesh tours to help his ailing wife battle her latest cancer treatment.
Ponting said this week he would prefer McGrath missing the Champions Trophy and pursue an English County stint to prepare for the Ashes showdown against England, which begins one month after the India event.
Asked if the world's highest wicket-taking paceman could play at the Champions Trophy, Hilditch said, ''He is certainly back in the gym.'' ''I don't think he's started bowling yet but I think he is gearing himself up to be ready for that,'' Hilditch told the Australian newspaper The Advertiser.
Hilditch also said everything was progressing really well for the 119-Test speedster from a personal and family point of view.
McGrath has been retained in Cricket Australia's 25-man central contract list announced last day.