Michael Clarke fit to face Somerset

Clarke fit to face Somerset
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Michael Clarke overcomes a recent back complaint to be included in the Australia side that will face Somerset this week.

Michael Clarke has been passed fit to captain Australia during his nation's four-day encounter against Somerset, which gets underway tomorrow.

A back injury had ruled the batsman out of the recent ICC Champions Trophy and had resulted in speculation that he could miss the upcoming Ashes.

However, having taken part in a training session earlier today, the 32-year-old will now feature for the first time since the Aussies arrived in England.

"Michael's playing. It's great news - his first game on tour and the Australian captain's pretty excited to play," said vice-captain Brad Haddin. "He's in a good spot. He had a bit of a hit in the nets today."

Australia team to face Somerset: Clarke, Haddin, Watson, Hughes, Cowan, Khawaja, Faulkner, Siddle, Starc, Pattinson, Lyon

Australian captain Michael Clarke celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka on December 27, 2012
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