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Johnson: Clarke ready to return for Australia in World Cup

February 17, 2015

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson says there is little doubt test captain Michael Clarke will return to the team for its Pool A match against Bangladesh on Saturday at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.

Clarke was set a deadline of this Saturday to prove his fitness to comeback from hamstring surgery or be ruled out of the tournament.

Johnson insisted he did not know what the weekend plan was for Clarke, but said his captain is “ready to go” and “doing what he needs to do.”

Should Clarke make his expected return, it will likely be at the expense of stand-in skipper George Bailey, who made a half century while leading Australia to an emphatic 111-run win over England in their World Cup opener last Saturday.

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