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05 February 201511:15

Clarke returns as friendly practice matches begin

Australia World Cup Captain Michael Clarke returned to action today as he continues his recovery from injury, in one of several friendly practice matches that took place yesterday and today across Australia and New Zealand

Clarke returns as friendly practice matches begin - Cricket News

Clarke scored 34 runs off 36 balls in the warm-up match.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke made a successful return from injury in Brisbane today, but the news was not as good for Bangladesh which failed to topple a Cricket Australia XI.

Clarke, who is in a race against time to return from hamstring surgery to head up Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup campaign, scored 34 runs off 36 balls in the warm-up match at Allan Border Field while also bowling two overs and taking a great grab in slips.

Batting first, Bangladesh was in trouble early after losing star Shakib Al Hasan, who was caught by Clarke in slips.

It fell to 5-57 before a partnership between Mohammad Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman helped them post a decent total of 193.

The CA XI chased the total with eight overs in hand for the loss of six wickets.

The leg-spin of Rahman ended Clarke’s innings, while Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar also picked up wickets.

In Sydney, Scotland was in action in a practice match against St George DCC.

Fielding a team without captain Preston Mommsen and led by vice-captain Kyle Coetzer, Scotland won the toss and opted to bowl, with St George scoring 9-189 off its 50 overs.

Scotland’s batsmen had a good hit-out in reply. After losing Coetzer for 23, Calum Macleod took control scoring an unbeaten 129 to lead Scotland to an eight-wicket victory.

Macleod reached his century with 12 fours and five sixes, well supported by Freddie Coleman who finished unbeaten on 39.

Meanwhile in Napier, United Arab Emirates notched a six-wicket win over Central Districts after successfully chasing 250 and in New Zealand yesterday, Zimbabwe was in action against Northern Districts in Gisborne, posting an eight-wicket win.

Batting first, Gisborne scored 6-266, with the wickets shared between the Zimbabwe bowlers. Tinashe Panyangara was particularly economical with his four overs taking 1-14.

Zimbabwe reached the total off 40.4 overs thanks to the batting efforts of Brendan Taylor (87* off 72), Sikandar Butt (63 off 64), Chamu Chibhabha (62 off 70) and Hamilton Masakadza (41* off 41).