LiveAustralian cricket captain Michael Clarke to play against Somerset at Taunton

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  • Australians training at Taunton this morning.
  • Darren Lehmann takes charge of his first training session as Head Coach, following yesterday's sacking of Mickey Arthur.
  • Tour match starts on Wednesday.
  • Reporter Will Carpenter is observing the morning's session.


MEMBERS of the press grill wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

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HADDIN: "It's good to have Michael [Clarke] back, the Australian captain is really looking forward to it."

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AUSTRALIA team to play Somerset: Clarke (c) Watson, Cowan, Hughes, Haddin, Khawaja, Faulkner, Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Lyon


HADDIN on Somerset: "It's our first game on tour and we are really looking forward to it. Enough talking has been done, it's time to play some cricket.

"It's significant because it's our first game on an Ashes Tour, it's second to none."

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HADDIN: "The theatre surrounding the Ashes is like nothing else. It's the best tour out there, if you can't up be for an Ashes tour you'll never get up for any other cricket"


PRESS conference with Brad Haddin due to get underway shortly. 


THE net session is beginning to draw to a close as some players go through some warm-down exercises. Few still batting in the net though. 

Pictured is fast bowler Peter Siddle getting ready to have some batting practice.

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VETERAN opener Chris Rogers is being put through his paces in a fitness session on the outfield. Still going strong for an old boy. 


DAVID Warner into the net now, facing James Pattinson who is working up some good pace. 


AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke is the first one to bat and starts well with a booming drive back out of the net.

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BARROW on his wicket keeping this season: 

"I've really enjoyed it, it's something new to me but I've enjoyed it. My hands have taken a battering though."


ALEX Barrow, who will play for Somerset against Australia tomorrow, says he is excited about the prospect of facing an international side.

He said: "It's really exciting, I'm looking forward to chance to test myself against an international side." 


WICKETKEEPER Brad Haddin and slip fielders Shane Watson and Michael Clarke take part in some catching practice.

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MORE pictures live from the County Ground as Australia train in glorious conditions in Taunton this morning.

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REPORTER Will Carpenter is at the ground and filmed this short video of the Australian team during fielding practice.


THE squad are now being put through a few fielding drills, David Warner looking sharp in the throwing drill. 


THE Ashes 2013 tour itinerary is as follows:

June 26-29 v Somerset

July 2-5 v Worcestershire

July 10-14 v England (First Test, Trent Bridge)

July 18-22 v England (Second Test, Lord's)

July 26-28 v Sussex

Aug 1-5 v England (Third Test, Old Trafford)

Aug 9-13 v England (Fourth Test, Emirates Durham ICG)

Aug 16-17 v Northamptonshire

Aug 21-25 v England (Fifth Test, Oval)

Aug 29 v England (First T20, Ageas Bowl)

Aug 31 v England (Second T20, Emirates Durham ICG)

Sept 3 v Scotland (Edinburgh)

Sept 6 v England (First ODI, Headingley)

Sept 8 v England (Second ODI, Old Trafford)

Sept 11 v England (Third ODI, Edgbaston)

Sept 14 v England (Fourth ODI, SWALEC Stadium)

Sept 16 v England (Fifth ODI, Ageas Bowl)


WARM-UP is under way after a quick team talk, led by Michael Clarke. Australians look to be in high spirits. 


AFTER a brief session in the nets, the Australian team have a debrief with coaching staff.

A press conference is expected to be held at around 12.30pm.

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IT will be the first session for new head coach Darren Lehmann, who was an overseas cricketer for Yorkshire in his playing days.

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AUSTRALIAN cricketers are already out in the middle having a net at the County Ground this morning.

Our reporter Will Carpenter is at the ground and will be sending us photos, video and reaction from the players.

You can still get tickets for the four-day match by clicking here.

Keep checking back for more.


TRAINING is due to start at 10am, check back here for videos, photos and reaction from the County Groung, including a press conference with Brad Haddin at 12.30pm.


THE Australian cricket squad will be training at Taunton this morning (June 25), ahead of their four-day Ashes warm-up match against Somerset, which starts tomorrow.


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