Johnson: Clarke ready to face Tigers

2015 World Cup

Australia's players are looking forward to having skipper Michael Clarke back in the side, according to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, despite meaning it would drop George Bailey out of the side.

Clarke is set to return this weekend against Bangladesh, having missed the build up to the event after hamstring surgery. In that time, Bailey led the side, and made 55 in the opening win against England. Bailey seems doomed to be either skipper or drinks carrier.

Johnson rubbished the idea that the players did not really want Clarke to return, given how long he's been out of the side, saying: "I love the captaincy that Clarke brings.

"He has got so much experience and George does as well. But, Clarke has been the captain for a number of years now. I know he has the boys' full support."

Of the skipper's injury, Johnson said he thought Pup was ready to rumble after weeks of recovery: "I know that he is ready to go. But I don't know from a playing point of view what the plan is.

"He is doing what he needs to do. He is not making it a distraction for us. Whenever that chance is when he gets back in we will be ready for him."

The paceman also explained that the management and players were all pleased with the win over England, and weren't looking to change much, despite the fact that they'd probably lose a half-centurion in Bailey.

He said: "It was a pretty short meeting after the game (against England) – it was pretty good. But we can always get better at certain things (like) not lose wickets so closely together.

"The fielding was outstanding throughout that innings. If we can keep that intensity up I think we are going to have confidence throughout this tournament."

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