Australian fast bowler Brett Lee who has been out of international action since Oct 2009, will be making his comeback in the 7-match ODI series against England beginning on Sunday, Jan 16. He had been chosen in Australia's one-day squad along with fellow paceman Shaun Tait.
The recall feeds hopes that Lee will be chosen in the World Cup squad as well. Lee and Tait are both returning from injury.
The 15-man World Cup squad will be announced on January 19, with chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, saying both speedsters were in the running for a berth in the side for the tournament in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, starting next month.
Hilditch said the balance of the World Cup squad "will probably be very much reflected in the team we have just announced" for the first one-day fixture against England. "But we are still looking at two or three people ahead of that final 15 selection," Hilditch told reporters.
Hilditch said Tait and Lee were "both looking extremely fit at the moment". "Obviously Taity has only had limited bowling coming back but it's all going really well. Brett has had a longer lead-in from injury and we're looking at him to make sure that he's back to his best."
Lee had to go on an indefinite period of recovery after he contracted a mystery elbow injury during Australia's tour of India in late 2009. He quit from Test cricket in Feb 2010 to prolong his ODI career, but failed to make it back into the team throughout the rest of the year, owing to a side strain and then a broken finger.
The 14-man squad will be captained by Michael Clarke in the absence of the injured Ricky Ponting. Hilditch said squads for the remainder of the series against England would be announced after the World Cup squad is named next week.
Squad: Michael Clarke (c), Cameron White (vc), Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.