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Lehmann says Michael Clarke
is ahead of schedule in his
recovery from hamstring sur-
gery and will captain Australia
in the Cricket World Cup start-
ing next week.
Lehmann gave Clarke his
backing yesterday, saying he
was "sick" of speculation about
Clarke s likely participation in
the World Cup and his future
Clarke will take a major step
forward today when he plays
for a Cricket Australia XI
against Bangladesh in a one-
day warmup match at Bris-
bane s Allan Border Field.
Cricket Australia has given
Clarke until Australia s second
World Cup pool match against
Bangladesh on February 21 to
prove his fitness or be replaced.
Australian media have reported
Clarke s prolonged rehabilitation
has caused a rift with team-
mates, and speculation he may
lose the captaincy to Steve
"I m sick of it," Lehmann said
in a radio interview. "I m look-
ing forward to him coming
"He played grade (club)
cricket on the weekend which
is great, he s playing up here
on Thursday so I ll get to have
a look at him," he added.
"I had a good chat to him
and he pulled up really well
from the grade game. He s
ahead of schedule and I think
he s said that in the press as
Lehmann denied any rift
between Clarke and his Aus-
tralia teammates or team offi-
"He s captain of Australia,
the second most important
position behind the prime min-
ister as such," Lehmann said.
"We need our captain playing
"From our point of view, we
want our captain fit, which is
great leading into the most
important tournament for four
Lehmann: Clarke on track for World Cup
Serena Williams says she will return to play
in the tournament at Indian Wells, California,
next month after boycotting the event for 14 years.
In a column for Time.com, Williams writes about
the jeering and booing and an "undercurrent of
racism" she felt during the 2001 semifinal and
Williams writes that with "a new understanding
of the true meaning of forgiveness, that I will
proudly return to Indian Wells in 2015."
After older sister Venus withdrew from the 01
semifinal against then 19-year-old Serena with an
injury, the crowd booed. Serena wrote that there
were allegations that matches between the sisters
were fixed. In the final, against Kim Clijsters, the
"In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of
my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt
unwelcome, alone and afraid," Serena writes in the
The tournament is scheduled for March 11-22.
at Indian Wells
JEREZ---A reinvigorated and new-look Ferrari
team has emerged as an early front-runner to chal-
lenge for this year s Formula One championship,
after posting quicker times than Mercedes in all
four days of pre-season testing this week.
Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari another boost with
the best time on yesterday s fourth day---the quickest
from anyone all week---after new team-mate Sebastian
Vettel was fastest over the first two days.
"These past few days of testing have produced
encouraging signs. The team has worked well, both
at home and at the track," said team principal Maurizio
Arrivabene, who replaced Marco Mattiacci late last
year in a turbulent year for Ferrari that also saw the
resignation of long-standing team principal Stefano
Domenicali in April.
Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 champion, clocked a best
lap of one minute, 20.841 seconds on the Jerez circuit
in southern Spain. However, with two further sessions
left before the start of the new season, Arrivabene
remains wary of forecasting success---understandably
so, seeing as Ferrari failed to win a race last year for
the first time since 1993.
as Ferrari's strong
ZAGREB---Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus survived
26 aces and saved a match point to upset top-seeded
Ivo Karlovic from Croatia in the second round of
the Zagreb Indoors yesterday.
Baghdatis, the 2008 champ, converted his second
match point to defeat Karlovic 3--6, 7--6 (5), 7--6 (7),
in a thrilling match just shy of the two-hour mark.
Earlier, sixth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia
swept past Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6--1, 6--2
to reach the quarterfinals.
Also Wednesday, former champion Ivan Dodig
eased his way through to the second round defeating
fellow-Croatian Mate Delic 6--2, 6--3.
Dodig will face eighth-seeded Spaniard Marcel
Granollers who defeated former finalist Jurgen Melzer
from Austria in the first round 6--2, 7--6 (3).
In other first round matches, James Ward from
Great Britain defeated Croatian wild card Antonio
Veic 6--2, 6--4, while Igor Sijsling from the Nether-
lands beat Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic, 6--4,
Karlovic out, Youzhny
into Zagreb quarters
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