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Michael Clarke set for return in warm-up tie against Somerset

Reuters
Jun 21, 2013 at 02:47pm IST

London: Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident he will recover from a back injury in time to play in their first warm-up match for the Ashes series.

The recurring problem forced Clarke to miss the Champions Trophy and led to speculation that Australia's most prolific run-scorer in recent times could miss some of the five-test Ashes series in England, which starts at Trent Bridge on July 10.

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The 32-year-old right-handed batsman said his back was improving and that he was looking forward to making his return against Somerset on Wednesday.

Michael Clarke set for return in warm-up tie against Somerset

Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident he will recover from a back injury in time to play in their first warm-up match for the Ashes series.

"My back is feeling better at the moment, it's still obviously a few days before that first practice game down in Taunton but if all goes to plan I'll be playing in that game," Clarke told reporters in London.

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"We are going to continue to go one day at a time, the Australian physio (Alex Kountouris) is extremely positive that I am improving daily.

"I will continue to have work on it and I will just have to monitor it daily."

Australia will play a second warm-up match against Worcestershire next month before they launch their bid to win the Ashes back from England.

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