Clarke must prove fit­ness

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

ADE­LAIDE — Aus­tralia have named Michael Clarke (pic­tured) in a 12-man squad for the first test against In­dia start­ing in Bris­bane next week, but the ham­strung cap­tain must prove his fit­ness in a tour match start­ing to­mor­row.

Clarke re-in­jured his prob­lem­atic ham­string dur­ing the one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries against South Africa and is in a race to be fit for the first match of the four-test se­ries at the Gabba on 4 De­cem­ber.“my gut feel­ing all along was that he’d be fit for the test match,” chief se­lec­tor Rod Marsh told re­porters in Ade­laide.

“But now he’s got to play the two-game day here for him to prove his fit­ness and I think that’s re­ally im­por­tant be­cause with his re­cent his­tory, we can’t have him break­ing down in the first in­nings of a test match per se.”if Clarke fails in his bid, he would be re­placed by a bats­man, Marsh added, de­clin­ing to name any can­di­dates.

Un­capped pace­man Josh Ha­zle­wood has been re­warded for an im­pres­sive one-day se­ries against South Africa with a place in the squad, but may be con­demned to car­ry­ing the drinks, with Ryan Har­ris re­called after a long re­cov­ery from knee surgery.“(har­ris) will play in this up­com­ing round of Sh­effield Shield to get more bowl­ing un­der his belt but we are all hope­ful he will be ready for a big sum­mer of cricket,” Marsh said.

— Reuters

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