Australia cricket June 9, 2014

When Clarke stood up with a broken shoulder

Andrew Ramsey, writing for Cricket Australia, uncovers the story behind Michael Clark's courageous knock against South Africa in Cape Town, where after being struck by Morne Morkel, he batted with a shoulder injury to post a match-winning 161

Andrew Ramsey, writing for Cricket Australia, uncovers the story behind Michael Clarke's courageous knock against South Africa in Cape Town, where after being struck by Morne Morkel, he batted with a shoulder injury to post a match-winning 161.

As the overnight drizzle dried and the sun broke through, the captain underwent a series of examinations and drills to make sure he was fit to resume an innings that had already served as inspiration to his teammates, and a stirring rallying cry to his country. In the end, Clarke maintains the decision of whether or not he could resume his innings was simple. "I had no choice," he says matter-of-factly. "I had to go and bat.

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