Lehmann confirms Michael Clarke's comeback against Bangladesh

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Sydney, Feb 18: Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed injured skipper Michael Clarke will make his comeback to the team Saturday in their World Cup encounter against Bangladesh in Brisbane, Gabba.

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Clarke who had a right hamstring surgery less than eight weeks ago was set the dateline of Feb 21 by Cricket Australia to make a comeback if he was to take any part in the World Cup. A determined Clarke went under rigorous training and recovery process to be fit in time.

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In an exchange broadcast on Sky Sports News Wednesday, Lehmann said: "Yeah, he's (Clarke) playing, mate."

Clarke will supposedly replace stand-in captain George Bailey, who led Australia to a big opening victory against England in Melbourne last week.

Earlier Australian spearhead Mitchell Johnson had stated his views on the 33-year-old's return.

"I love the captaincy that he (Clarke) brings, he has got so much experience and George does as well. But Michael Clarke has been the captain for a number of years now. I know he has the boys' full support," Johnson had said.


Story first published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 21:42 [IST]
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