10 Mar 2010

Uncertainty still surround return of Clarke to Australian side

6:27 pm on 10 March 2010

Uncertainty still surrounds Michael Clarke's possible return to the Australian cricket team's tour of New Zealand despite the vice-captain being named in the squad for the upcoming two test series.

Clarke, is back in Sydney on compassionate leave to be with his fiancee Lara Bingle, but Cricket Australia's general manager of cricket Michael Brown concedes he still doesn't know when Clarke will return to New Zealand.

Clarke returned from the one-day series in New Zealand to be with Bingle who is taking legal action against AFL star Brendan Fevola over the nude photo of her which recently became public.

As vice-captain of the Australian team, Clarke has been criticised in some circles for leaving midway through a tour.

Meanwhile, former Test opener Phillip Hughes has been recalled for the two-Test series while his NSW teammate Steven Smith is also part of the squad as is paceman Ryan Harris, who has excelled in the recent one-day matches for Australia.

The West Australian batsman Marcus North retained his place in the squad despite his poor returns in the recent series against Pakistan.