Updated: December 14, 2014 11:44:38 am
While the first Test in Adelaide came to a dramatic end, Michael Clarke sat nursing a painful hamstring on the sidelines rather than leading Australia in the middle. Yet again his body had given way in the middle of a crucial Test, and it wasn’t surprising to hear the commentators wonder out aloud about the Australian captain’s medical insurance policy.
But despite the pain and the limp, Clarke was at hand to cheer his teammates on to a famous victory along with passing on a few tips along the way to stand-in captain Brad Haddin.
But now the 33-year-old is likely to spend the rest of the Australian summer recovering from his latest injury scare, the tweaked right hamstring. And he revealed on Saturday there was a possibility of him never returning to a cricket field again.
“There’s no doubt there’s certainly a chance that I may never play again. I hope that’s not the case and I’ll be doing everything in my power to get back out on the park but I have to be realistic as well,” he said.
“The experts are looking at scans now, I don’t know exactly how long I’m going to be out for. I think our first practice game of the World Cup is eight weeks away, I’d love to take part in the tri-series, I’d love to take part in the World Cup,” added Clarke.
Despite having come into the match under a cloud regarding a perennially dodgy back, Clarke had gone on to make a sterling century in the first innings, after having retired hurt briefly. The left hamstring had always given him trouble but now it was time for the right to flare up. “My back was quite sore. I needed some injections and some medication to get me back out onto the park, but I’ve said before that’s part of playing international sport,” he said.
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