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Clarke set for comeback from injury

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October 28, 2013

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Michael Clarke drives on the way to a half-century, England v Australia, 5th Natwest ODI, Ageas Bowl, September 14, 2013
Michael Clarke could be back in action for New South Wales on Wednesday © PA Photos
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Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, is poised to make a comeback from a back injury and lead New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania, which starts on Wednesday in Sydney.

A team spokesman said Clarke, who was ruled out of Australia's ongoing ODI series against India with a longstanding back problem, will be subject to a fitness review before he can be made available for the game.

Clarke had wondered aloud whether he would miss the first Ashes Test against England that begins on November 21, but after intensive treatment for a degenerative disc condition, which has been an issue since he was a teenager, his prognosis has been good.

"Michael is progressing well and recently recommenced batting in the nets," Alex Kountouris, the Australian team physiotherapist, had said in a statement last week.

Clarke's back problem had flared up before Australia's final ODI against England in Southampton last month, at the end of an Ashes tour, which Australia lost 3-0.

He played in that game, but selectors were reluctant to take any more risks ahead of the home Ashes series, and ruled him out of the India tour.

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Posted by cricketfanwrites on (October 29, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Michael Clarke should retire from all forms of the game except test and focus on his 'degenerative disc condition'. He is hands down the best test batsman. That said, his leadership qualities is less than desirable. Hence, his presence on and off the field when he is not batting will never be missed.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 29, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

@Myself / Mitty2: O.K. forgot about Tim Paine... I Read the other article about the A-squad after posting previous response; nice to see Paine FINALLY being tried ahead of Wade.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 29, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

@Mitty2: in all seriousness, landl47's team is what I'd expect as well. Haddin is streaks ahead of the likes of Wade in my opinion, so if they replace Haddin throughout the series it will be one of the most ridiculous decisions ever made. Lyon should be allowed to play every test, and Haddin has kept well to him.

By the way, I've never said anywhere that England were simply complacent in the last Ashes; Root failed (to an extent) because he should not be opening, and instead should be down in the middle with Bell. Honestly at the moment I'm feeling this series will expose Root (as an opener) even further, and the only reason I can fathom for bringing 32 year old Carberry is that ECB share those worries...

Posted by   on (October 29, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

If Australia want to persevere with the lights of Haddin and Rogers, then why not Bailey? he is just 30 odd and a fantastic player with great temperament, And i definitely think he can play Swann better than Hughes/Khawaja.. its a no brainer to me.. and Mitch has to play theres no doubt about that.. he was consistently racking up 150s in Indian pitches.. just think what he could do in Gabba or Perth

Posted by   on (October 29, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

If Australia want to persevere with the lights of Haddin and Rogers, then why not Bailey? he is just 30 odd and a fantastic player with great temperament, And i definitely think he can play Swann better than Hughes/Khawaja.. its a no brainer to me.. and Mitch has to play theres no doubt about that.. he was consistently racking up 150s in Indian pitches.. just think what he could do in Gabba or Perth

Posted by Mitty2 on (October 29, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

@landl47, great comm, bit surprised though as you've always been critical of faulkner on these boards! But anyway, he won't be selected according to boof. Has to have a ripper two shield games to come into contention.

@jmcilhinney, i really dont like the hypothetical talk of "potential" and 'underperforming' which is an extension of the infamous 'complacency'. Some eng fans have said, in an attempt to rub it in, that they underperformed and so if all's normal it should be 5-0. But that discounts Aus and the fact that all of siddle, patto, bird, clarke, haddin (with the bat), warner and cowan would have 'underperformed' under the same law. Trott, cook, prior, bairstow and root to a lesser extent were found out technically to executed bowling plans; not undeperformance. You can expect them to improve because they would have worked on that technical flaw, and NOT, becase it's just an aberration of underperformance and complacency.

Posted by Mitty2 on (October 29, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK, as usual, I'm going to have to say that you're wrong. What are you on about? The only positions in doubt are 6 and who's the third seamer. Because every previous Aus player and commentator have pushed for Bailey's inclusion, and because he's not in the A team, it'll be either him or Hughes playing at 6, unless Khawaja scores high consistently. And unless Sayers or Cutting or another potential seamer truly dominates, there's a 99% chance that MJ will share the new ball with harris. 1. Warner (3 centuries in 8 days helps consolidate one's position) 2 rogers 3 watson 4 clarke 5 smith 6 bailey/hughes 7 haddin (will be replaced sometime in the series) 8 MJ (will be replaced after the first test with figures of 0/170 and then will be picked for Perth, win the game, and then get dropped) 9 siddle 10 harris 11. Lyon (will be dropped after match figures of 9/130 odd - whih would have been 11 if the keeper wasnt so terrible).

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