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Clarke unlikely to bowl in second Test

PTI | ByAssociated Press, Adelaide
Nov 26, 2004 01:28 PM IST

Michael Clarke said on Thursday that Darren Lehmann will likely to be Australia's top part-time spinner against New Zealand.

Australian all-rounder Michael Clarke, with a bowling average of 2.16 and strike rate of a wicket every 7.3 deliveries from five Tests, said on Thursday that Darren Lehmann will likely be Australia's top part-time spinner for the second cricket Test against New Zealand starting on Friday.

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Since claiming six for nine on a deteriorating Mumbai pitch in India earlier this month, Clarke has bowled just once — for his Sydney club Western Suburbs Sutherland when he went wicketless.

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"Darren's proven, he's taken a lot great wickets for Australia, so I think they will throw Darren the ball before they do me," Clarke said on Thursday when asked whether captain Ricky Ponting would call on his left-arm finger spinners in Adelaide.

Clarke begins his sixth Test with a batting average of 67.62. Lehmann, with 13 wickets at an average of 25.15 in 23 Tests, wants to improve on his home Adelaide ground — at the crease.

The burly left-hander's only previous Adelaide Test was a wasted opportunity — caught at slip for five runs off brother-in-law, English all-rounder Craig White, in 2002-03.

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