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Australia captain Michael Clarke will continue his recovery from surgery to his right hamstring this weekend when he will play for Western Suburbs as a batsman only in a Saturday and Sunday Grade fixture against Gordon at Chatswood Oval.

Should Michael come through that match without any adverse reaction, he will then continue his rehabilitation at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane before playing for a Cricket Australia XI against the Bangladesh ICC Cricket World Cup squad in a match at Allan Border Field on Thursday 5 February.

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Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has confirmed the following 12 players for the First Commonwealth Bank Test against India in Brisbane starting December 4: Michael Clarke (c), Brad Haddin (vc), Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson

Selectors have named the injured Captain Michael Clarke in the first Test squad subject to fitness.

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Australia outplayed South Africa for the third day in a row to take a commanding overall lead in the third Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Park Newlands on Monday. Australian captain Michael Clarke made his expected declaration overnight and then his bowlers worked their way through the South African order to dismiss them for 287 and claim an overall lead of 207 runs.

It put them in a position to enforce the follow on but it was not an option that appealed to Clarke as he sent his opening batsmen back to the crease for a second time and in the six overs available they scored a fairly untroubled 27 without loss to give them an overall lead of 234 with all their wickets intact and two full days of play left.

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Australian captain Michael Clarke completed his 27th Test match century – to go with the same number of half-centuries for an excellent conversion rate – and then went on to consolidate Australia’s strong position on the second day of the third Sunfoil Test match against South Africa at Sahara Park Newlands on Sunday.

When rain washed out the final three hours’ play Clarke had advanced his individual score to 161 (301 balls, 17 fours) but more importantly had taken the Australian team total to within six runs of the 500-run mark.

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David Warner took the attack to the South African pace bowlers for the first two sessions of play and then Michael Clarke made his first substantial batting contribution of the series to give Australia the best possible start to the third Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Park Newlands on Saturday.

By the close the Australians had amassed a total of 331/3 off the 88 overs that were possible as their run rate hovered around the four to the over mark throughout the day with Clarke (92 off 181 balls, 9 fours) and Steve Smith (50 off 92 balls, 6 fours and a six) having added an unbroken 114 for the fourth wicket to add to the successive partnerships of 65, 73 and 79 for the three previous wickets.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke was today announced as the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.

The announcement was made ahead of the broadcast of the LG ICC Awards 2013 TV show which premieres on Saturday (14 December) in most countries across the globe. The show is hosted by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting who won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2006 and 2007, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year in 2006 and was appointed captain of ICC’s ODI Team of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the first cricket Test against England in Brisbane, which concluded on Sunday.

Clarke was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.

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