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Michael Clarke On Track For Australia Return

Michael Clarke On Track For Australia Return
Clarke batted for 47 minutes, bowled a couple of overs and took a difficult low catch in a warm-up game against Bangladesh.
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Australian captain Michael Clarke's comeback from hamstring injury continued as he made another successful appearance for a Cricket Australia XI in a warm-up game against Bangladesh.

Clarke batted for 47 minutes, bowled a couple of overs and took a difficult low catch to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane to show his hamstring is holding up well.

The comeback man went on to score 34 runs from 36 balls which included six fours and was predominantly fielding in the slips and on the boundary.

However, the 33-year-old has downplayed the progress, saying there is still work to be done on his fitness.

“I would have liked a hundred today and probably was going to field the whole 50 overs as well.

"But In my opinion, there's still a gap between where I am now and playing a One-Day International for Australia”

Clarke left the field during the 32nd over, but the issue did not appear to be serious as he shared a joke with Queensland players before returning to the ground.

"The ideal was to field for at least half the game and I think I fielded for 32 overs, which was nice and then to have a bat as well.

"I would have liked a few more runs but it's been nice.

"I've just got a bit more treatment now but I've pulled up pretty well."

The selectors have made it clear to Clarke that he must be fit to bowl spin in the World Cup.

"I've been bowling for the last three weeks in the nets, so the skipper (Ashton Turner) needed a couple of overs so he asked if I was happy to bowl," he said.

"I was certainly happy to bowl a couple of overs there.”

The Australian skipper also confirmed that he will be travelling with the squad to Adelaide for the warm-up game against India but is unlikely to feature in it.

“I will fly in the camp tomorrow, there is a practice game against India, I think in Adelaide which at this stage I don’t think I am playing.

“Then we head to Melbourne for the practice game against the UAE and obviously the first game against England in Melbourne.

“At this stage the plan is for me to join the boys now and play the practice game against UAE which I think is on Wednesday”

Clarke has been given a deadline of 21st February by the selectors to prove his fitness for the World Cup and the Australian captain looks to be well on track for it.

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