Australian captain Michael Clarke talks with physiotherapist Alex Kountouris before retiring hurt in Hobart. Photo: Getty Images
Michael Clarke could be the latest Australian to join the casualty ward after suffering a suspected hamstring injury while batting during the first Test on Monday.
The captain appeared to hurt his hamstring while running between the wickets and retired hurt on 57.
He sought treatment immediately from physio Alex Kountouris then headed straight to the dressing rooms.
Clarke raced to 57 from just 46 balls before injury struck. Photo: Getty Images
Clarke did not return to the crease after Australia lost their ninth wicket.
"Clarke has a right hamstring injury which is being assessed by team medical staff," confirmed a CA spokesman.
It would be a huge blow if the in-form Clarke, the leading run-scorer in Test cricket this year, was to be ruled out of the Boxing Day Test.
Australia are already one man down in this match after Ben Hilfenhaus broke down with a left side strain on Sunday morning.
Shane Watson, the vice-captain, is expected to lead the team in the second innings should Clarke be deemed not fit to return to play.
The injury happened during a dramatic Australian batting collapse, which saw the hosts lose seven wickets in just over two hours' play.