Australia – Ashes 2013: Clarke backing Warner to be ready

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Australia captain Michael Clarke believes David Warner still holds a chance of opening the batting in Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, despite his recent suspension.

Warner received a suspension from all forms of cricket after he was involved in a scuffle with England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.

The two crossed paths after Australia were beaten by England in their opening match at the ICC Champions Trophy, which ended in disaster for the tourists.

The 26-year-old has been working hard in the nets and trying to prove to the selectors that he is still ready to be thrown into the mix for the opening Test, despite not playing competitively.

Mickey Arthur was also dismissed from his role as coach just 16 days prior to the Test in Nottingham he was subsequently replaced by Darren Lehmann who insists that all the members of the squad will have the slate wiped clean when it comes to selection.

It has been suggested that Lehmann should steer clear of Sydney Sixers man but Clarke believes his talent with the bat should outweigh any off the field problems.

Clarke said: “The selectors will take into consideration that he hasn’t played much cricket in the last couple of weeks but with Davey it’s more about his mind being clear and playing with intent.

“I don’t think Davey is the type of player that needs two four-day games to runs and feel confident.”

“He’s had plenty of net sessions. He’s been in the nets every day.

“Just looking at him now he looks a lot fitter than he has been and he’s been working extra hard.”

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