Clarke will play in Australia’s final warm-up match against the UAE on Wednesday….
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Michael Clarke will play in a warm-up match against the UAE on Wednesday as he pushes to be fit for Australia’s opening World Cup game against England on Saturday.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann said if Clarke got through Tuesday’s training session he will play against the UAE in the final warm-up match before the World Cup.
“Michael, if he gets through training tomorrow hopefully, he will play the trial game on Wednesday so that is a pleasing thing for us,” Lehmann told Fox Sports.
“He is training the house down on the training track so now it’s a case of getting him up to speed with the fielding and away he goes from there.”
The news isn’t as good for James Faulkner however, with Lehmann ruling the all-rounder out of the Saturday’s opener at the MCG.
“He is going OK [but] he won’t play the first game,” Lehmann said.
“Everyone has them – injuries – you just have to deal with it, we have some good depth and some good players that miss out so that is a good sign. At the moment they are ticking along nicely.”
Clarke’s impending return means current ODI captain George Bailey may have to make way.
The 32-year-old has struggled with the bat over recent months and stuttered to a score of 44 off 66 balls in Australia’s recent win over India.