Michael Clarke will be fit for Australia’s warm-up match prior to the Ashes against Somerset on Wednesday.

The Australia captain has been out injured after suffering with a recurring back injury but has come through treatment successfully.

Clarke has not played any form of cricket since March and his return will be a major boost for the whole of the Australian team. His return brings some welcome good news after their coach Mickey Arthur was sacked yesterday.

Brad Haddin has been filling in as the Aussie’s captain whilst Clarke has been sidelined and he expressed his delight at Clarke’s return.

He said to reporters: "It's great news. It's the first match of the tour and obviously the Australian captain is pretty excited to play.” 

"He had a good catch and a bit of a hit in training. He's in a good spot.”

Despite not having much in the way of match practice, Clarke will be seen as a key player as Australia look to regain the Ashes. He is the most experienced batsman in a young Australian squad and has an average of 52.33 over 92 Tests.

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