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Michael Clarke, the Australian
captain, is poised to make a
comeback from a back injury and
lead New South Wales in their
Sheffield Shield match against
Tasmania, which starts tomorrow
A team spokesman said Clarke,
who was ruled out of Australia s
ongoing ODI series against India
with a longstanding back problem,
will be subject to a fitness review
before he can be made available
for the game.
Clarke had wondered aloud
whether he would miss the first
Ashes Test against England that
begins on November 21, but after
intensive treatment for a degen-
erative disc condition, which has
been an issue since he was a
teenager, his prognosis has been
"Michael is progressing well and
recently recommenced batting in
the nets," Alex Kountouris, the
Australian team physiotherapist,
had said in a statement last week.
Clarke s back problem had flared
up before Australia s final ODI
against England in Southampton
last month, at the end of an Ashes
tour, which Australia lost 3-0.
He played in that game, but
selectors were reluctant to take
any more risks ahead of the home
Ashes series, and ruled him out of
the India tour.
New Zealand will be out to take revenge for their
0-4 embarrassment in 2010. Bangladesh, like they
have been since the 4-0 win, will once again be
out to prove that they are indeed making steady
Their improvement is marked in the ODI format,
more than in Tests or Twenty20s, but the visitors
too have been in good form over the last 12 months.
New Zealand have won two of their last four bilateral
series, against South Africa and England.
They are, however, without Martin Guptill due to
an ankle injury, and have to put together a new open-
ing partnership. Hamish Rutherford could open with
newcomer Anton Devcich, as captain Brendon McCul-
lum has preferred batting at No 5 or 6 in the recent
past. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are batsmen
in form while there are plenty of allrounders in the
line-up to be used at different occasions.
"We want to focus on playing good, competitive
cricket. We are a good enough one-day unit and we
will be difficult to beat," McCullum
Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, James Neesham
and Colin Munro are all options that are available
to McCullum, alongside his brother Nathan who is
the sole specialist spinner in the squad. Devcich s
left-arm spin could prove useful, while the pace
attack has a fit Tim Southee, Kyle Mills and the new
sensation Mitchell McClenaghan. Adam Milne pro-
vides the extra yard of pace.
While Bangladesh s pace attack is a little rickety
with Mashrafe Mortaza making a comeback, their
batting line-up is beginning to look solid. Captain
Mushfiqur Rahim leads a middle order that has Shakib
Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain, while Mominul Haque s
two Test centuries will hold him in good stead.
"I know there is a lot of expectation. At the same
time we must remember that New Zealand is a good
side in this format, so whoever plays well on that
day will come as victorious," said Mortaza.
Tamim Iqbal is in good nick having scored two
fifties in the Mirpur Test. Anamul Haque hasn t
scored much in the Tests, so he will be hungry for
some runs. The spin attack also looks dangerous with
Shakib, Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi in the fray.
The Test series felt incomplete with rain ruining
the final day in Mirpur. The ODI series, therefore,
should be the decider of the tour. (ESPNcricinfo)
PERTH--- Allrounder Kevin Pietersen was in
catch-up mode yesterday after making a delayed
start to England s Ashes cricket tour to Australia.
The England team arrived in Australia early Friday
morning but Pietersen was granted a short compas-
sionate leave to remain in England after the death
of a friend.
He arrived on Sunday, too late to join his England
teammates in their first training session of the tour.
But he was able to bat in the nets at Perth s WACA
ground yesterday, to begin his preparation for the
first Test which starts at Brisbane on November 21.
Clarke set for comeback
Drawn Tests give
ODIs more context
up on Ashes tour
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