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Updated: July 2, 2013 17:02 IST

Clarke retains place for final Australia warm-up

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Michael Clarke plays during the International Tour match against Somerset at the County Ground, Taunton, England, on Thursday.
AP Michael Clarke plays during the International Tour match against Somerset at the County Ground, Taunton, England, on Thursday.

Michael Clarke will play for Australia in its final warm-up game before the Ashes, giving the captain another opportunity to improve his match sharpness after a long-standing back injury.

Clarke was retained in a much-changed Australia line-up for a tour match against Worcestershire which starts on Tuesday, after coming through for the recent four-day game against Somerset — his first outing in three months.

New coach Darren Lehmann has made five changes to his team on Monday. Fast bowlers Jackson Bird and Ryan Harris are among the players to be handed chances to stake a claim for a starting spot in the first Ashes test against England, which begins on July 10.

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