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Michael Clarke made a half-century as he captained Australia for the first time in two months in their final World Cup warm-up match against the UAE.
Opening the batting, Clarke contributed 64 to the hosts’ 304-8 in Melbourne.
Coach Darren Lehman then told Australian TV that the 33-year-old may be fit to play against England in their
opener on Saturday.
“If he gets through the fielding and bowls some overs then we’ll see what happens,” Lehmann said.
Clarke had suffered two injuries to his left hamstring in 2014 before tearing his right hamstring while fielding in the first Test against India on 13 December.
He even went so far as to
But, by 24 December, he
and returned to action in grade cricket on 31 January.
Last week, he batted and bowled for a Cricket Australia XI against Bangladesh and was thought to be working towards a deadline of 21 February – co-hosts Australia’s second match of the World Cup, also against Bangladesh – to
Clarke was at the crease for 90 minutes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and faced 61 balls.
Without ever being asked to fully exert himself, the right-hander struck eight boundaries before offering a leading edge to long-on from the off-spin of Nasir Aziz.
In Wednesday’s other World Cup warm-ups,
caused an upset by beating
by seven wickets at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
After they restricted Sri Lanka to 279-8 from 50 overs, Hamilton Masakadza led the way for the underdogs with an unbeaten 117, backed up by Brendan Taylor (63) and Sean Williams, who made 51 not out after taking 3-35 earlier in the game.
Also in Christchurch, at the Hagley Oval, co-hosts
making 331-8 before bowling the Proteas out for 197 as left-arm paceman Trent Boult took 5-51.