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Michael Clarke joined the Australian
team at training yesterday morning, which
has given them a boost in the lead-up to
the first Test starting at the Adelaide Oval
Brad Haddin, who will captain the side
should Clarke not be declared fit, said Clarke
was "going in the right direction", and that
he himself had not given a thought to cap-
taining the side. Australia had a practice
session in the afternoon, but Haddin said
Clarke had already had "a good hit" in the
"Michael's been strong for the team for
a long time," Haddin said. "I think he's a
tremendous captain, and we want our cap-
tain out there playing. All signs are that he's
going in the right direction, and like everyone
else, we want Michael out there leading our
team in the first hour of play here in Ade-
laide." Clarke joined the team for fielding
practice, and did not have any apparent
trouble with his hamstring.
There was more, Haddin said, that had
lifted the players' spirits---their training ses-
sion at Park 25 Cricket Ground on Friday,
their first after Phillip Hughes' death. He
was happy to feel that "cricket hurt" in his
"We just got back to cricket," Haddin said
when asked if coming back felt normal. "We
can try to complicate it as much as we want,
but we went back to cricket training. Every-
body did what he needed to do yesterday.
We got a bit of volume, and a bit of miles
in our legs. We needed to feel that cricket
hurt in our legs again. So we got that yes-
terday, and yeah it was a good day back
It wasn't entirely normal, though. Aus-
tralia began their first session with fun and
games. "If you were watching closely, every-
one was dancing," Haddin said.
"When the music stopped we had to
dance. When it was on we had to run. So
that wasn't normal. But it was good fun.
It was interesting to see the generation
changes, and different moves. Ryno (Harris)
and I did the waltz, and Davey Warner was
doing the worm."
Warner and Harris are two players that
have been in focus. Harris is coming back
from a career-threatening injury, and Warner
is perhaps one of the most affected by Hugh-
es' death. Haddin said Harris was looking
fit, and that Warner could take his time.
"Ryno was good yesterday," Haddin said.
"He had good zip. He was his normal neg-
ative self (laughs), bowling and asking if he
was doing the right thing, asking whether
it was coming through good. He had that
Ryan Harris zip. I was lucky enough to face
him for a good 20 minutes, and it was tough
work, and it was good to see him back to
playing and bowling the way Ryan does. He
won't think he was bowling very good, but
he had that zip and nip back, which was
Warner struggled during the training ses-
sion on Friday, needing attention from the
team psychologist Michael Lloyd. He was
at the nets yesterday, but there have been
suggestions Shaun Marsh might be in as
cover for him. When asked about how
Warner was, Haddin said: "There was no
pressure on anyone yesterday. There were
no expectations on anyone regarding what
you had to do or what you needed to get
out of the net session. If you needed to take
half an hour or ten minutes or five min-
utes...there were no expectations. It was all
individualised, and I didn't count times on
how guys were in the nets."
The Australian bowlers were seen bowling
several bouncers at their batsmen during
centre-wicket practice at Park 25. It seemed
like a conscious effort to remove the hes-
itation before the Test.
"I think once we are out there, we will
be there to play our style of cricket," Haddin
said, when asked if there had been second
thoughts about Australia's aggressive brand
"I don't think we have to complicate and
look too deeply into things. It's about getting
out there and playing the game of cricket.
Executing our skills under pressure. It's just
a game of cricket, and we will play the brand
of cricket we have always played. We will
get a cricket game here on Tuesday. You'll
enjoy it, and so will we.
"We get back to playing the game we
love. It's a great game, and been good to so
many of us. Our job is to go and play cricket,
and to enjoy that. We need the support of
the Australian public and everyone leading
into this first Test. We're looking forward
to playing, and we need the help of everyone
to enjoy the moment, and just enjoy the
game of cricket."
LONDON---England has con-
firmed Alastair Cook as cap-
tain in its preliminary squad
of 30 players for next year s
cricket World Cup in Australia
and New Zealand.
Cook is joined in the squad
named yesterday by all those
chosen for the current tour of
Sri Lanka and frontline pace
bowlers Stuart Broad and James
Anderson, currently recovering
from their knee injuries in
Former linchpin batsman
Jonathan Trott is one notable
omission from the extended
party for the tournament,
which starts February 14 and
features 50-over matches.
Trott had to leave last win-
ter's Ashes with a stress-related
illness but gradually returned
to form and well-being for
Warwickshire during the Eng-
Jonny Bairstow is one of
three wicketkeeping options, a
position currently held by Jos
Buttler, while Surrey batsman
Jason Roy, who made his inter-
national debut in a Twenty20
against India at Edgbaston in
September, is also in the 30.
Selectors are expected to
announce a 15-man squad for
the World Cup later this
month, shortly after the tour
of Sri Lanka ends. (AP)
ADELAIDE---India captain Mahenra Singh
Dhoni could play the first Test against Australia
as he attempts to overcome a left fractured
thumb before the start of the delayed series.
Dhoni, like his hamstring-injured Australian
counterpart Michael Clarke, would have missed
the originally scheduled first test in Brisbane.
But the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hugh-
es forced a rescheduling of the test series, with
Adelaide now hosting the opener at the Adelaide
Oval starting Tuesday and the Brisbane Test set
for a week later.
Dhoni flew into Adelaide yesterday and will
train with his teammates today. Both teams are
switching their focus back to the series after
the death of Hughes, who died last Thursday
two days after being struck by a ball while
batting in a domestic match in Sydney.
"We are professional cricketers, we have to
move on," Indian paceman Ishant Sharma said
yesterday. "What has happened is really bad
and everyone was really shocked (we) need to
look forward to what is coming next for us and
that is what we will do."
His teammate Rohit Sharma said the first
Test would be welcomed by a mourning cricket
"It was a very sad incident but cricket has
to go on, the game will go on," he said yesterday.
"Mentally, everyone is focused to do well. When
you go out on the park, the only thing is about
how to perform and give your best. That incident
of Phil Hughes will definitely be in everyone's
minds but when it comes to this game, we all
be focused on how to do well and get the best
ISLAMABAD---Pakistan named suspended off-
spinner Saeed Ajmal in its preliminary squad
of 30 players for next year s World Cup in Aus-
tralia and New Zealand.
Ajmal was suspended in September for an
illegal bowling action and has been undergoing
rehabilitation under former test offspinner Saqlain
Mushtaq at the National Cricket Academy.
The Pakistan Cricket Board Ajmal showed
significant improvement on his bowling action
during testing at the Lougborough University in
England, but his elbow extension is still above
the allowed 15 degrees limit. Fit-again fast bowler
Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz were also included
in the list of probables which will be trimmed
down to a final 15 by January 7.
"The most positive aspect is that some of our
foremost proven talents have overcome physical
issues and are raring to be given an opportunity,"
chief selector Moina Khan said in a statement.
Pakistan will be playing a five-match one-
day international series against New Zealand
starting in Dubai on Monday, and will also take
on the Black Caps in another short one-day
series before February's World Cup.
The preliminary squad includes five opening
batsmen, nine middle-order batsmen, six fast
bowlers, four spinners, four allrounders and two
The PCB has already named Misbah-ul-Haq
as captain of the team for the World Cup. (AP)
in 'right direction'
a fitness drill
Cook captain, no place for Trott in England squad
Dhoni could play
1st Test for India
Ajmal among Pakistan's
30 World Cup probables
PRELIMINARY SQUAD: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain),
Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed,
Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq,
Azhar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail,
Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab
Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad
Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Yasir
Shah, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail
Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmad, Kamran Akmal.
PRELIMINARY SQUAD: Alastair
Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James
Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary
Balance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim
Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jack Brooks,
Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry
Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan,
Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan,
Stephen Parry, Samit Patel, Liam
Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid,
Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes,
James Taylor, James Tredwell,
James Vince, Chris Woakes and
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