Australia confirm two changes for NZ clash

2015 World Cup

Australia have, as expected, made two changes for their trans-tasman World Cup showdown with New Zealand at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Saturday.

Captain Michael Clarke, who is returning from a hamstring injury, and fast bowler Pat Cummins will come into the side for a match that will go a long way to determining who will top Pool A at the global showpiece.

Vice-captain George Bailey, despite scoring a half-century against England in their tournament opener, and bowler Josh Hazlewood will be the men who will make way.

Speaking to reporters a day for the match, Clarke said he is tired of talking about his injury, an injury that has dominated the headlines since before the tournament began.

Clarke said: "Everyone is sick of talking and reading about my injury, my old injury I should say. The body feels really good, I have worked really hard.

"The work I've put in has given me a chance to get back out on to the park and be able to play at 100 per cent."

Clarke noted that "doesn't guarantee I'm not going to get injured again.

"I know I can walk out on to the field tomorrow and go at 100 miles an hour and if I get injured I get injured. I'm like every other player. I feel like I'm as fit and healthy as I've been in at least five years.

"I'm ready to go."

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