Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 26, 2010

Clarke not looking for a rest

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Clarke does not want to reduce his workload even though he is one of the few Australian players appearing in all three formats. Clarke arrived back from India on Tuesday morning and will fly to Perth on Friday to lead his men in the Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

"I'd really like to be available for all games, all forms for Australia, no doubt," Clarke said after landing in Sydney. "I think my body is in a pretty good place at the moment."

Clarke captains the Twenty20 side and led the one-day outfit in the 1-0 loss to India, while Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson were rested. There are no signs of giving Clarke a break ahead of the Ashes and he hit some form in the only fixture in India that wasn't rained out. He posted 111 off 139 balls in Visakhapatnam but it wasn't enough to prevent defeat.

"I haven't scored as many runs as I would like, so the only way to do that is to get out there in the middle and I'd love to be doing it for Australia," Clarke said. "So hopefully I'll be fighting fit and I'll play every game available."

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  • Prasanth on October 27, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Compare his work load this year with Dhoni

    Clarke - 8 tests, 14 ODIs, 16 T20Is, no IPL, no CL Dhoni - 8 tests, 16 ODIs, 5 T20Is, 15 IPL games, 5-6 CL games

    And despite fact that Dhoni is captain and wicketkeeper...

  • Tim on October 27, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    @xylo sorry mate, i'm not sure how well you know the game (clearly not well at all). But when does anybody bat for 4 days straight in a test match. Considering you have to take 20 wickets to win and a test only goes for 5 days?

  • Tim on October 27, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    @Matricfail think the real issue is why are indian players playing 300 days a year. Thats absolutely ridiculous. Mabye India should cut back on the minow bashing games against Bangladesh and Zimbawae and then you might play an adequate amount. Although i guess by doing that "Lord Sachin" doesnt get the chance to build up his run tally on flat dead pitches against practically a bowling machine.

  • K on October 26, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Why would he need rest? He should compare himself with Indian cricketers who play 300 out of 365 days of the year (Thanks to IPL, CL and Series with SL) . If selectors want to keep Australia competitive they have to stop this Work-Load and Load-Sharing concepts from getting their players into rest zone... Make some runs then say I need bloody rest.

  • Lalith on October 26, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • Summer on October 26, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Lol @ xylo ! ..........................

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    hahahahahahaha Good one!

  • Vikram on October 26, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    If Australia is batting for 4 days in a test match, I believe Clarke gets rest for a minimum of 3.5 days.... so why bother?

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