‘It was nice to make a few runs’, says Michael Clarke

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“It was nice to spend so much time out in the middle”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed that “it was nice to make a few runs” after playing in his first match since suffering a recurrence of his back injury in England this summer.

Clarke scored 88 off 190 balls, which included eight boundaries, for New South Wales in their first Sheffield Shield match of the new season against Tasmania.

“It was nice to make a few runs, disappointed with my shot and to get a start and throw it away is disappointing, but it was nice to spend so much time out in the middle,” Clarke said. “I certainly needed it and there was a bit of rust there that’s for sure but [it is] nice to contribute.”

When asked if his back gave him any trouble while he was batting, Clarke said: “Not at all, I felt completely fine. I was certainly a little bit rusty and I think my legs will certainly be a little bit heavy tomorrow but it’s a nice feeling to spend so much time in the middle.”

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