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Watson believes Clarke's injury lay-off has freshened him up

April 4, 2012 - Sydney

Australia captain Michael Clarke is set to lead the Test team against the West Indies in Barbados after a month long injury lay-off. His deputy Shane Watson believes his time out of the team has freshened Clarke up.

Clarke hit some crunchy pull shots in a comfortable innings of 30 in the three-day tour match in Bridgetown, as he made a comeback from a hamstring strain.

"He batted beautifully from the outset yesterday and today. I think Pup (Clarke) is in the form of his life so a couple of weeks off is just going to freshen him up more than anything," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson, as saying.

"I've got no concerns and I'm sure he wouldn't either just because of the way he's hitting the ball," he added.

Clarke didn't demonstrate any cipher of his hamstring issue, and Watson believes time in the middle is not something his captain needed after his summer of domination.


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