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Bad boys back in Australian cricket frame
Jim Morton
16:24 AEST Thu Jan 17 2013

Excited by their Big Bash exploits, Michael Clarke has endorsed the return of former cricket bad boys Luke Pomersbach and Shaun Marsh to the Australian team.

Captain Clarke on Thursday denied the pair's chequered pasts should obstruct them being recalled to international cricket, as soon as next week.

The Perth-raised left-handed batsmen, both good friends, have fired their teams into Saturday night's final of the BBL between the Scorchers and Brisbane Heat.

Pomersbach's only appearance for Australia came in a Twenty20 match in 2007 before falling off the radar due to alcohol and drug problems which ultimately led to him being axed by Western Australia in 2011.

An injury-plagued Marsh has played all three forms of the game internationally but his representative future was clouded last year after being stood down at the Champions League for poor behaviour.

But Clarke, a Test and one-day selector, felt the duo's time in the international wilderness could be coming to an end after leading the BBL run-scoring list.

Australia play two T20 internationals against Sri Lanka on January 26 in Sydney and January 28 at the MCG before a one-day series against the West Indies.

Pomersbach and Marsh would be vying with the likes of Aaron Finch to bat in the top three with David Warner.

"Fortunately, I am not the Twenty20 captain, so I don't have to worry about that selection," Clarke said.

"But if they keep performing the way they are performing, I don't see any reason why they won't be up the top of the queue when the selectors are talking about the T20 games coming up.

"It's about performance. It is exciting for Shaun and Luke - they are very good friends and I know they would both love to play for Australia again."

Clarke praised Queensland and Heat coach Darren Lehmann for taking a chance on Pomersbach, who has turned his life around since leaving Perth more than 12 months ago to play grade cricket in Brisbane.

"I think the Heat deserve a lot of credit and Darren Lehmann deserves a lot of credit for going out on a limb and getting Pomers to Brisbane," he said.

"Luke also deserves a lot of credit to have made the move to Queensland without having a contract - that took a lot of courage."


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