Lehmann refuses to confirm whether Clarke will play in Australia’s World Cup opener

"We'll sum it up tomorrow [Thursday] to see how he pulls up"

“We’ll sum it up tomorrow [Thursday] to see how he pulls up”

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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has refused to confirm whether captain Michael Clarke will represent the national team in their World Cup opener against England on February 14.

Clarke, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, scored 64 off 61 balls, which included eight boundaries, in a warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates in Melbourne on February 11.

Clarke also bowled two overs of left-arm spin, but Lehmann made it clear that the Australian skipper will undergo a thorough assessment before a decision is taken on whether he will play against England.

“I’m not saying anything,” Lehmann said. “We’ll sum it up tomorrow [Thursday] to see how he pulls up more than anything. The fielding is probably going to be the big thing.

“He’s been batting really well for the last couple of weeks, so no dramas there. He’s been really confident and we’re really pleased with that start.

“He played really well, which is nice to see after coming back from the hamstring [injury].”

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