Sydney: Leg-spinner Stuart MacGill's hopes of recovering full fitness ahead of next month's opening Test against India have been set back by his withdrawal from a lead-up domestic game.
MacGill, who struggled with knee problems in Australia's second Test win over Sri Lanka in Hobart last week, has been left out of the New South Wales side to play Victoria in a four-day Sheffield Shield game later this week.
Test team coach Tim Nielsen has warned MacGill he must be fit enough to be considered for selection in the first of four Tests against the touring Indians, starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day.
"MacGill will continue working on injuries that hampered him during the recent Test in Hobart," a NSW team spokesman said Monday.
They are hoping the 36-year-old wrist-spinner, who has taken 203 wickets in 42 Tests, will play in the next Shield match against Queensland in Brisbane on Dec 14-17 in order to prove his fitness.