Hamstrung Clarke doubtful for Pakistan series

Clarke strained his hamstring in training before the One-day International tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

By: Reuters | Melbourne | Updated: September 4, 2014 11:44 am

Australia captain Michael Clarke is doubtful for next month’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates after scans confirmed an injury to his left hamstring.The 33-year-old strained his hamstring in training before the One-day International tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare following a long break from the game and missed the first two matches.

He returned to the team during Australia’s humiliating three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe but aggravated the injury and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament. Clarke returned to Sydney on Tuesday and later had a scan.”Michael Clarke had an MRI scan on returning from Zimbabwe that has confirmed a left hamstring muscle injury,” Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

“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 will start their series against Pakistan with a Twenty20 International, a format Clarke does not play, on October 5 and will go on to play three ODIs and two Tests. “Had a scan on the hamstring, some damage as expected but I will be back fitter and stronger,” Clarke said on his official twitter handle. “I have some great people helping me get my injury right. I will do whatever it takes to get back on the field with the boys.”

Harris targets india comeback

Recovering from a knee surgery, Australian pacer Ryan Harris is eyeing a return to international cricket in the series against India this year. “Don’t talk months; I’ve been talking months for a while now. I’m hoping to be back for at least the first Sheffield Shield game for Queensland (starting October 31). That’s my goal; to try and make sure I get enough bowling in before the India series, which I really want to play in,” Harris said.

Eager to be back in the mix, Harris said, “You can ask me when I’m aiming to be back, or you can ask the physios and they’ll probably give you a totally different answer.”

Harris has been forced to temper his trademark enthusiasm during a lengthy rehabilitation process over the winter months. Although he has returned to the nets last week for the first time since March, he has been under strict instructions not to push himself too hard. Harris has been restricted to bowling just 18 deliveries off three steps, a couple of times a week. By next week, he hopes to increase the workload to 24 deliveries per session.

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