Michael Clarke is keen to prove his fitness ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images
Michael Clarke is keen to prove his fitness ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Clarke has scored a half-century in his comeback match for Western Suburbs against Gordon at Sydney. Clarke has not played cricket since he led Australia in the first Test against India at Adelaide in December 2014. These are positive signs for Australia as we near the ICC World Cup 2015, which starts from February 14.

Clarke, who came in at number three after the loss of an early wicket, remained unbeaten on 26 at lunch. Clarke was extremely happy to be playing cricket again. “It’s obviously great to be back out there playing. There’s certainly a bit of rust in the system, as you would have seen, so it’s nice to be back out there in the middle,” said Clarke during the lunch break, according to cricket.com.au

Clarke underwent a hamstring surgery in December 2014 and is keen to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup. Clarke hopes to be fit for the warm-up game against Bangladesh, which is scheduled to be held on February 5.

“I’m certainly ahead of where of the surgeon and the Australian medical staff thought I would be at the six-and-a-half week stage. The fact that I’m back out on the field playing is a really positive sign, but there’s still a long way to go before I can walk out in an international [match] and play for Australia.The positive is I’m taking each step,” he added.

Clarke, who has been named the captain of the Australian team for the World Cup has scored over 7,700 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) at an average of close to 45.