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Injured Clarke Races Against Time For UAE Test Series

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke will head to the UAE ahead of his Test team-mates
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Australian captain Michael Clarke will travel to the United Arab Emirates at the end of September a couple days ahead of the rest of the Test squad as he is racing against time to be fit for the series against Pakistan.

Clarke injured his hamstring against Zimbabwe in the recently concluded One-Day International tri-series, which also involved South Africa. Clarke went on to score an unbeaten 68 runs in his only appearance in the series.

The 33-year-old Clarke had blamed the training mechanism for aggravating this injury as he started his training immediately after a long flight.

Hence, Clarke has made plans to reach the UAE by 30th September and continue his rehabilitation process with the Australian physiotherapist.

"There's probably six or seven things we've discussed and it will take some time to work out if they work, don't work or if they're a waste of time," Clarke said on Cricket Australia's website (www.cricket.com.au).

"It's going to take some time to work out what's perfect for me but we believe getting there (the UAE) a couple of days before everybody else and allowing my body to acclimatise and recover after a long plane flight is a good start.

"So I'm flying over on the 30th to give myself every opportunity to be fit and if I thought I wasn't going to be fit (for the first test) I wouldn't even get on that plane."

Although Clarke is preparing as best he can to be fit for the first test against Pakistan, he still remains a doubtful starter.

Clarke's recent injury concerns have also raised a lot of discussions on his retirement from One-Day Internationals and concentrate only on the longer format.

However, the Australian captain has brushed away this talk of retiring from the 50-over format, saying he will continue to play as long as he loves the game and injuries are part and parcel of the game.

Clarke was already ruled out of the ODI series. The two-match Test series will begin on 20th October.

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