Clarke return has team's 'full support': Australian bowler

07:28 PM | 17 Feb, 2015
Clarke return has team's 'full support': Australian bowler
MELBOURNE (Web Desk): The return of regular Australia captain Michael Clarke for the second World Cup match against Bangladesh has the team's “full support” even if it will be tough to change a winning side, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said on Tuesday.
On the comeback from hamstring surgery, Clarke is expected to pad up for Saturday's match in Brisbane, meeting the deadline to prove his fitness or sit out the World Cup entirely.
Clarke's return is likely to mean stand-in skipper George Bailey is tipped from the side after leading them to a 111-run demolition of England in the opener in Melbourne and scoring a useful half-century.
“I love the captaincy that he (Clarke) brings,” Johnson told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.
“He has got so much experience and George does as well. But Michael Clarke has been the captain for a number of years now.
“I know he has the boys' full support.”
Clarke played his first match with the team in two months last week, top-scoring with a 64 in a warm-up match against United Arab Emirates. That prompted pundits to question why he was rested for England.
Coach Darren Lehmann said Clarke needed to do more tests this week, particularly in the field, to prove himself ready.
Clarke's race to be fit has been something of a soap opera in Australia and an unsourced report by Fairfax media last month alleged a rift between the 33-year-old, his players and the country's cricket board.
Lehmann, Clarke and seasoned all-rounder Shane Watson all dismissed the innuendo in recent weeks, while Johnson said the captain's rehabilitation had not distracted the team.
“I know that he is ready to go,” Johnson said.
“But I don't know from a playing point of view what the plan is. He is doing what he needs to do. He is not making it a distraction for us.
“Whenever that chance is when he gets back in we will be ready for him.” Australia's big win over England reinforced their status as favourites to seal a record fifth World Cup title, and Johnson said it would be hard for selectors to change the lineup for Bangladesh.
“It will be. It was a pretty short meeting after the game,” said the 33-year-old.
“But we can always get better at certain things, not lose wickets so closely together.
“(But) the fielding was outstanding throughout that innings. If we can keep that intensity up I think we are going to have confidence throughout this tournament.”

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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