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Australia's Bird cleared for SA tour

Jackson Bird and Moises Henriques will fly to South Africa on Friday.

Jackson Bird and Moises Henriques have been given the go-ahead and will fly to South Africa on Friday. Picture: Facebook.com.

REUTERS - Fit-again paceman Jackson Bird has been given the go-ahead to join the Australian team in South Africa but batsman Shaun Marsh, battling a calf strain, is yet to be cleared for the three-test series starting on 12 February.

Bird, who injured his back last week, was cleared by the medical team after the 27-year-old paceman underwent bowling sessions at Hobart under coach Darren Lehmann's observation.

He, along with team mate Moises Henriques, will fly to South Africa on Friday.

There was no such immediate joy for Marsh, who injured his calf during Australia's one-day series against England and is undergoing treatment in Perth.

After the first test in Centurion, Port Elizabeth will host the second from 20 February while Cape Town is the venue for the third and final test from 1 March.