Sydney: Desperate to have the inspirational but injury-ravaged Michael Clarke during next month's ODI World Cup, Australia yesterday named him as the skipper of their 15-member cricket squad for the marquee event and gave him time till February 21 to prove his fitness.
The World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, begins February 14 and before that the squad named yesterday will play in the tri-series against India and England starting January 16.
Clarke, who is battling a nagging hamstring problem besides back spasms, will lead the Australian team in the World Cup only if he passes the fitness test.
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