Michael Clarke to return against Bangladesh: Darren Lehmann

Michael Clarke to return against Bangladesh: Darren Lehmann

Australia captain Michael Clarke will return to the side for Saturday`s World Cup match against Bangladesh after recovering from hamstring surgery, coach Darren Lehmann said on Wednesday.

Clarke`s race to be fit has been something of a soap opera in Australia and he played his first match for the team in two months last week in a warm-up against United Arab Emirates.

Clarke hit 64 against UAE but sat out the team`s 111-run romp over England in their tournament opener.

"Yeah, he`s playing mate," Lehmann told reporters in Brisbane.

Clarke, who is likely to replace stand-in skipper George Bailey, bowled and batted in the nets on Wednesday and was satisfied with the progress he has made.

"We had a good conversation (with selectors) last week and thought it was in the team`s best interests to not play against England and give me another week," he said.

"At this stage I think the selectors are very happy."

Heavy showers have been forecast for the weekend and the two cyclones expected might push Clarke`s return back to Australia`s Feb. 28 match against co-hosts New Zealand in Auckland. 

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