Clarke fears for ca­reer

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

ADE­LAIDE — Aus­tralia cap­tain Michael Clarke has raised the prospect that his cricket ca­reer could be over after in­jur­ing his ham­string in the open­ing test against In­dia in Ade­laide on Satur­day.

Clarke said he in­tended to keep play­ing but the lat­est set­back, which the 33-year-old said would force him to miss the re­main­ing three tests of a se­ries, had caused him to think about his fu­ture.

“There’s a chance I may never play again,” he told a news con­fer­ence at Ade­laide Oval.

“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.”

Clarke did not fin­ish the match, which ended with Aus­tralia se­cur­ing a thrilling 48-run vic­tory, after he hurt him­self on the fi­nal day.

He was sent for scans for the sec­ond time in a mat­ter of days when he in­jured him­self while field­ing in the sec­ond ses­sion, pulling up sharply after feel­ing the ham­string go when reach­ing down to stop a ball.

He limped off with the as­sis­tance of the Aus­tralian team phys­io­ther­a­pist and said later the early prog­no­sis was not good.

“The scans are not great, they cer­tainly showed a tear there,” Clarke said.

“The ex­perts are look­ing at them and I can pretty con­fi­dently say that I won’t take part in this test se­ries.”

Clarke has been trou­bled by ham­string and back is­sues since he was a teenager but the prob­lem has only wors­ened in re­cent months. — AFP

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