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    Clarke returns to lead Australia in ODIs

    Michael Clarke has returned as captain of Australia for the first ODI against England.

    Melbourne: Michael Clarke has returned as captain of Australia for the first one-day international against England after sitting out the two Twenty20 matches.

    Clarke was captain for the final Test of the Ashes series but retired from Twenty20 cricket ahead of the two-games series which Australia and England split.

    The first ODI is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

    Paceman Mitchell Johnson has been left out and named 12th man, with the experienced pair Brett Lee and Shaun Tait to lead the pace attack.

    Meanwhile, Australia have named left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty ahead of off-spinner Nathan Hauritz in the team for the first of seven one-day internationals against England.

    Sunday's ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be Australia's last before the Jan 19 deadline by which teams must name their final 15 for the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

    "Our plan had always been to play Xavier Doherty in this game," national selector Greg Chappell said in a statement on Saturday.

    "We spoke to Nathan Hauritz in the week and advised him that if selected, the first game he plays in this series would be in the group of matches which start with the second ODI on Jan 21 at Bellerive, Hobart. "Pending selection, we look forward to seeing him in Hobart next week."