Clarke Pushing Hard To Make First Test
Australia captain Michael Clarke is pushing hard to prove his fitness ahead of the first Test against India in Adelaide, and coach Darren Lehmann says he wants him playing.
Two days ago, Clarke delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral service of his friend and team-mate Phillip Hughes, who died last week after being hit by a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield match.
Clarke was named in Australia's Test squad despite needing to prove he has suffieciently recovered from a hamstring injury and Australia added Shaun Marsh as cover yesterday.
Clarke has started running in Sydney and will join his team-mates in Adelaide, where the opening Test begins on Tuesday (9th December).
And Lehmann said that Clarke would be ready to play, provided he is fit enough.
"Yeah he's pretty mentally strong, as you saw throughout the week, He was great with the Hughes family and he held himself together really well and led the team really well," he said.
"As long as he's (Clarke's) fine to do the running and can bat at the level he needs to we'll be fine, we want our captain playing, simple as that," he added.
India will also have to make a decision over whether their captain - MS Dhoni - plays.
He was scheduled to miss the first Test with a thumb injury but its delay following Hughes' death may have given him enough time to recover.
However, he is not considered likely to play and Virat Kohli will lead in his absence if he is not passed fit.
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