Thursday 3 October 2013 

Video - Clarke May Miss Ashes Opener

Watch as Australia captain Michael Clarke admits he may not recover from the back injury that has ruled him out of the tour of India in time for the Ashes.

He was replaced by Callum Ferguson ahead of the seven-match One-Day International series having struggled through the end of the tour of England and Scotland earlier this year.

"I'd love to be heading off tomorrow to India with the boys, but unfortunately I've been advised that's in my best interest to make sure I stay here and recover and do my rehab and get myself back on the park," Clarke said.

"I guess for me personally it's a little bit frustrating. I felt like the one day group had a really good series in England and I think this series in India is crucial for us.

"If we can win over there convincingly we go back to being the number one team in the world so it's going to be, it's going to be quite difficult watching on TV, but that's the way it is."

David Warner is another man who missed out on the India tour, after he was not selected. He hopes to be back in contention ahead of the Ashes and expects Australia to push England hard in more familiar conditions.

"Now we're back here on our home turf with fast and bouncy tracks. We know they've got some tall bowlers and they will probably use them against us," he said.

"They think that we can't play a short ball but that's their tactics, we've got our tactics."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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