Michael Clarke showed he is ready to resume international cricket after a long injury absence, and lead Australia at the World Cup, by getting through Thursday’s match between a select Cricket Australia XI and Bangladesh.
The match at Brisbane’s Allan Border field was a chance for Clarke to prove his fitness for the World Cup, beginning Feb. 14, as he recovers from hamstring surgery; the latest episode of his career-long struggles with back and hamstring problems.
Clarke took a catch to dismiss Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, and even bowled two overs.
He then scored 34 from 36 balls with six fours in a 47-minute innings.
Clarke will rejoin the Australia team in Adelaide on Friday.
”In my opinion, there’s still a gap between where I am now and playing a one-day international for Australia,” Clarke said. ”But the fortunate thing is I’ve got plenty of time to close that gap.
”I’m trying to get fit and healthy as soon as possible, and then the experts will make those decisions.”