Michael Clarke Hopes To Be Fit For The World Cup
Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who is undergoing rehabilitation after a surgery on his hamstring, is recovering well and is hopeful of being fit in time for the World Cup.
Clarke battled through back spasms and scored a wonderful century in the first Test against India in Adelaide.
In the course of the first Test match, Clarke hurt his hamstring and was ruled out of the remainder series, which also cast shadows on his participation in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup tournament.
However, his encouraging recovery post surgery has given him plenty of hope about his chances of playing in the World Cup.
In his column for News Ltd he wrote, “The biggest thing for me is getting back on the field for the World Cup.”
“I have been told by medical staff that I am in as good a condition as I can be a week after undergoing the surgery. There is no swelling and no pain when I walk.
"I can’t wait to begin stage two of the rehab process which involves starting to run again.” Clarke added.
Clarke also voiced support for his teammates Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers, who are under criticism for their performances with the bat in the ongoing Test series.
Clarke has backed the senior Australian players to play an instrumental role in a bid to retain the Ashes when Australia take on England in their own backyard.
“Personally I hope all three of them are on the plane to England for next year’s Ashes series, they bring so much more to the table than just their batting.” Clarke quoted.
“It’s crucial to have experienced guys like these in a team when you’re bringing through youngsters like Joe Burns.
"I know how much I benefited over the years from the knowledge passed down to me by the seniors and I’m sure Joe will be no different. I wish him all the best.” said the Australian skipper.
Clarke will be a part of the television commentary team for the Boxing Day Test which starts on the December 26.
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