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Injured Clarke's Windies tour in doubt

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Tour in doubt ...  Michael Clarke.

Tour in doubt ... Michael Clarke. Photo: Getty Images

Australian captain Michael Clarke's tour of the West Indies is in jeopardy because of another hamstring injury.

We leave for West Indies in three days ... I don't want to make a judgment until I make a scan, I think I would be silly to do that. 

Clarke will have scans on his injured left hamstring, which was strained while making a century in Australia's loss in the second tri-series final against Sri Lanka in Adelaide yesterday.

He is long odds to be fit for tomorrow's deciding final in the best-of-three series against the Lankans.

And Clarke is also in doubt for the looming tour of the West Indies, with Australian players due to fly out on Friday.

"I have done something to my left hamstring, I don't know to what extent," Clarke said.

"But it's obviously not feeling good at the moment, that is for sure.

"We leave for West Indies in three days ... I don't want to make a judgment until I make a scan, I think I would be silly to do that."

Clarke only returned last Sunday from a strain to his right hamstring, which sidelined him for three games.

The captain admitted he went against the wishes of Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris by returning so soon.

"It's a tough one, I pushed really hard to try and get back for this finals series," he said.

"And I tried my best not to give Alex much of an option, to be honest.

"So I feel for him as well as my left leg at the moment because I know he probably would have preferred me to take it easy.

"But I wanted to be part of this finals series.

"But after straining my right one, I probably favoured my left over the past couple of weeks, 10 days, and I have done a bit of damage there."

AAP

5 comments so far

  • The real problem is the cricket calendar is overloaded, with not enough recovery time between series. The Australian team has been on the go since a tour of Sri Lanka in August 2011, then not much of a gap until a tour of South Africa, then home for test series against New Zealand and India and then the ODI tri series then straight into a tour of West Indies. 8 months of cricket with hardly a break. How is the captain supposed to stand up to that?

    Commenter
    rudy
    Date and time
    March 07, 2012, 9:38AM
    • Clarke has a history of putting himself ahead of the team (remember last Ashes test 1 in Brisbane). By his own admission Australia ended up 30-40 runs short last night because of his injury. No point in having medical staff if your not going to listen to them

      Commenter
      Sy
      Location
      Prahran
      Date and time
      March 07, 2012, 10:11AM
      • So his 117 off 91 balls wasn't good enough for you then? His innings allowed the Aussies to post a reasonable score, just beaten by a great opening stand by the Sri Lankans. As for putting himself ahead of his team, that is a load of rubbish, he clearly wanted to lead the team in the finals because the team needed him, not for personal glory. And he is one of the few Aussies to decline the IPL goldrush to concentrate on representing Australia. Clearly you just don't like the man and nothing he does will change that.

        Commenter
        hog
        Location
        brisbane
        Date and time
        March 07, 2012, 10:44AM
      • You serious? They weren't short because of his injury. He made 117 of 91 balls, a brilliant innings. If anything he puts the team before himself, not the other way round

        Commenter
        Mick
        Location
        Melb
        Date and time
        March 07, 2012, 10:59AM
    • Sy (comment at 10.11) what a stupid thing to say. Do you remember Sydney? What about South Africa when he scored a century and the others collapsed around him. Clarke puts the team ahead of himself. He's the most unselfish player in that side apart from Mr Cricket.

      Commenter
      ET
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      March 07, 2012, 11:05AM

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