Clarke to return in Adelaide

  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 9:14 GMT

Michael Clarke will return to captain Australia in the final one-day international against England on Sunday.

Michael Clarke: Rested for defeat in Perth
Michael Clarke: Rested for defeat in Perth

Clarke was rested for the fourth clash in Perth along with David Warner, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin as England ended a run of nine consecutive defeats with a 57-run victory.

George Bailey skippered the hosts at the WACA, but coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that Clarke will lead the side out at the Adelaide Oval.

Lehmann also warned that England will be high on confidence following their morale-boosting win in Perth, and he urged his side to reassert their dominance in the final game of the series.

"We didn't bat very well, we certainly didn't bowl well early. We were outplayed, so we need to bounce back to win," Lehmann said.

"I thought we were right in it, and even at the end needing 95 off 11 or 12 in this day and age you should get those.

"I think England have played some reasonable one-day cricket to be fair to them. They are not a bad one-day unit, so they will probably get some confidence as you would.

From our point of view, we've got to get back to the winning ways."

Bailey defended the decision to rest key players for Friday's encounter, and he admitted he expected to remain as captain for the finale in Adelaide.

"I'm surprised that Pup (Clarke) is actually coming back after just missing one. I thought he might miss two," Bailey said.

"Don't get me wrong, you want to win every game you play. But given how crammed the schedule is, I think if you do get an opportunity to rest a few of the guys, you take the option."

Watson will also return in Adelaide, but Warner and Haddin will again be left out along with paceman Mitchell Johnson as Australia look towards next month's three-Test tour of South Africa.


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