Clarke has scans on hamstring |



Clarke has scans on hamstring

Progress report on the skipper's injury


Injured Australia skipper Michael Clarke has had a scan on his left hamstring, the muscle problem that caused his premature departure from the current tri-series in Zimbabwe.

“Michael Clarke had an MRI scan on returning from Zimbabwe that has confirmed a left hamstring muscle injury," said CA Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

"He will have intensive rehabilitation for this injury  and we will be monitoring his progress over the next week before deciding when he can return to training and playing."


Australia captain Michael Clarke has stated he has "no intention" of calling time on his decorated one-day international career in the wake of his tri-series ending injury.

Speaking to the media after landing at Sydney Airport today following his withdrawal from the Zimbabwe tour from injury, Clarke was adamant that he wanted to carry on his dual captaincy role in Tests and ODIs.

“I have no intention (of quitting one-day cricket),” Clarke said.

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“It’s hard for me to look any further down the track than where I am today but I love the game as much as I ever have and the last thing I am thinking about is retiring.

“The reason I walked away from T20 international cricket a couple of years ago was to be able to play Test and one-day cricket.

“I have missed one-dayers in the past couple of years and I think that’s because we prioritised Test cricket but my view is I want to play every game for Australia, every one-day international, every Test match.”

Clarke came home from Zimbabwe after re-injuring his left hamstring during Sunday's loss to Zimbabwe, having missed Australia's first two matches of the tri-series also involving South Africa.

That, and a chronic back issue he has managed admirably throughout an international career that now extends beyond a decade, have kept Clarke sidelined from the 50-over game more than he would have liked in recent times.

The 33-year-old maintains he is satisfied with his decision to risk the hamstring in the current tri-series after feeling a tweak at the beginning of the tour.

“I spoke to the doctor and physio in Zimbabwe and I believe we made the right decision,” Clarke said.

“I would have been really disappointed if I got on a plane without seeing how I was going. In my mind I was 100 per cent fit to perform.

“There’s obviously a deeper issue than a minor hamstring strain that we thought it was.”

Clarke also stood his ground following Darren Lehmann's comments regarding the post-Zimbabwe match press conference, where the captain questioned the non-selection of Steve Smith.

Lehmann indicated that he would "rather our conversations stay out of the media", but Clarke took a different tack.

"That's 'Boof's (Lehmann's) opinion," Clarke said. "I have always been open and honest to the media and that's not going to change."

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