Bangladesh-Australia game under cyclone threat

Australia’s World Cup Pool A match with Bangladesh on Saturday could be called off if a cyclone hovering north of Brisbane hits the city.

Michael Clarke missed the 111-run win over England at the weekend as he continued his recovery from a hamstring injury.

But Cyclone Marcia may also scupper Australia’s plan to bring their captain back into the team at the weekend.

Should the fixture be abandoned the two sides could have to share the points.

The storm has already forced evacuations of coastal communities in Queensland and heavy rain is forecast in Brisbane over the next few days.

A minimum of 20 overs per side have to be played for a result to stand.

Australia are also considering bringing fast bowler Pat Cummins back into the side as part a four-man pace attack alongside Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

“There is a possibility,” said Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin when asked whether Cummins could play.

“It’s hard to give you a team, or tell you what we are thinking, because we are so unsure of what is going to happen with the weather.”

Haddin confirmed that Australia, who have been forced to train indoors because of the weather conditions, want to bring Clarke back into the team.

“This was the plan for Michael all along, for him to be right for this game,” he said.

Clarke had surgery in December, after tearing his right hamstring while fielding in a Test match against India.

Australia have won 19 of their 20 one-day internationals against Bangladesh, but Clarke will be unlikely to have forgotten the one match his side did lose with the five-wicket defeat in 2005 rated as one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history.

Bangladesh began their Word Cup with a comfortable 105-run win over Afghanistan in Canberra on Wednesday, although they were reduced to 119-4 by a side making their first ever appearance in the tournament.

“Australia are probably the number one team at the moment the way they are playing, so it’s not going to be easy but it won’t be impossible either,” said Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.

“In the one-day game anyone can win on the day. Ireland beat the West Indies, even with a big chase and they did it with 40 balls remaining, so anyone can win in this game.

“Obviously, going into the weekend’s match everyone is expecting Australia will win easily, so hopefully we have something to say about that.”