Melbourne: Michael Clarke gave a pointer to his recovery from recent hamstring surgery with a knock of 64 as Australia beat United Arab Emirates by 188 runs in the World Cup warm-up game here yesterday.
Michael Clarke in full flight yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Batting first, Australia scores 304 for eight in 50 overs. In reply, UAE were bowled out for a mere 116 in 30.1 overs Clarke, captaining Australia for the first time since the surgery almost two months ago, spent just over 90 minutes at the crease.
The 33-year-old was promoted to opener to maximise his time in the middle. He steadied and kept the scoreboard ticking over in a 123-run partnership with Aaron Finch.
National selectors will now assess Clarke today before considering the merits of an earlier-than-expected recall for Saturday's World Cup opener against England.
Australia 304-8 (M Clarke 64, A Finch 61, S Smith 59, K Chandran 3-50) beat UAE 116 in 30.1 overs (S Patil 31; X Doherty 2-3, J Hazlewood 2-12) by 188 runs
I believe that the right time for Michael (Clarke) to hand over the one-day captaincy to Steven (Smith) will be after the conclusion of this World Cup
Both teams are going into the World Cup not in great touch. But I think India will start as slight favourites (against Pakistan) because of their past records
We'll let them (Aussies) go play the game as they normally would. Nice, aggressive, fair and making sure they're not crossing the line
—Darren Lehmann (on ICC's crackdown on excessive sledging at WC)
You can bluff. I think I've done that with my bowling beautifully. If you can bluff people and exert that confidence that you are in form, it's amazing how it turns around for you