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Clarke plays in practice match against Bangladesh

Clarke plays in practice match against Bangladesh
Just a fortnight left to prove his fitness, Michael Clarke appeared to be heading in the right direction as the Australian captain on Thursday bowled, fielded and batted without any signs of discomfort against Bangladesh in a practice match here. Clarke, appearing for Cricket Australia Invitational XI bowled two overs of left-arm spin after the visitors batted first at the Allan Border Field and fielded in the slips most of the time. Clarke, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, also took a sharp catch off Ashton Turner to underline his sure hands in that position. In all, he fielded for 32 of the allotted 50 overs.

Clarke, who has been told by selectors to be fit in time for Australia’s second World Cup match against Bangladesh on February 21, then came out to bat as an opener when it was CA XI’s turn to chase a modest target of 194. With coach Darren Lehmann watching him, Clarke managed to score 34 off 36 balls in a 47-minute innings. He punched six boundaries, before a leg-break from Sabbir Rahman took a thin outside edge.
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