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Australia eye World Cup return for Clarke

Dec 17, 2014: Australia have not given up hope of captain Michael Clarke leading them at the World Cup after positive reports from the surgeon who operated on his injured hamstring this week

Brydon Coverdale

A good time to invest in Smith stock

Dec 17, 2014: Australia's new captain is confident, gives off positive vibes, and has adapted his batting to show more responsibility without shedding his youthful bravado

Mark Nicholas

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Clarke to undergo surgery on Tuesday

Dec 15, 2014: Michael Clarke's chances of leading Australia in their home World Cup campaign appear extremely slim after Cricket Australia confirmed he would have surgery on his injured right hamstring on Tuesday

Brydon Coverdale

India in Australia 2014-15

Clarke doubt opens captaincy debate

Dec 14, 2014: Australia's selectors and board will deliberate overnight on the choice of captain for Wednesday's second Test at the Gabba, after Michael Clarke's frank admission about his clouded future gave all parties reason for pause

Daniel Brettig

Adelaide Test raises leadership questions

Dec 14, 2014: Who will replace the increasingly worn-down Clarke? And can Kohli keep his emotions in check enough to be a good captain?

Ian Chappell

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, 5th day

Clarke admits he may never play again

Dec 13, 2014: Michael Clarke has admitted he may never play again after chronic back and hamstring problems overtook him during the first Test against India in Adelaide

Daniel Brettig

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Charitable India wait for another declaration

Dec 10, 2014: Australia still had work to do when they began day two, but it all turned too easy for them as Michael Clarke and Steven Smith feasted on a choice selection of dropped catches, long-hops and length balls on the pads

Sidharth Monga in Adelaide

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Clarke's series clouded despite brave 128

Dec 10, 2014: Injections, massage, exercise and no little motivation allowed Michael Clarke to fashion a remarkable hundred in the midst of a back flare-up at Adelaide Oval, but Australia's selectors must now deliberate over how sustainable such a combination will be f

Daniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Clarke broken but not beaten

Dec 10, 2014: The young Michael Clarke wouldn't recognise this broken old man. But he'd respect him. He'd want to be him, injury and all. Because Michael Clarke is now the hero he has wanted to be since he was born.

Jarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Smith, Clarke flatten India on rainy day

Dec 10, 2014: Michael Clarke battled through severe back pain to make his 28th Test hundred, Steven Smith scored his fifth and the pair punished India's inconsistent bowlers on a second day badly hit by rain

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, 1st day

Clarke retires hurt with back injury

Dec 9, 2014: Michael Clarke left Adelaide Oval for further treatment after retiring hurt with an apparent relapse of his chronic back condition during day one of the first Test against India

Daniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

India in Australia 2014-15

Clarke steels for start of big summer

Dec 8, 2014: After a harrowing fortnight, Australia's captain tries to get back to meeting on-field challenges

Daniel Brettig

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide

Clarke headed in 'right direction'

Dec 6, 2014: Michael Clarke joined the Australian team at training on Saturday morning, which has given them a boost in the lead-up to the first Test

Sidharth Monga in Adelaide

Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide

Australia wait on Clarke's fitness

Dec 5, 2014: Michael Clarke's hopes of leading Australia in the Adelaide Test will depend on how his hamstring holds up at training over the next few days

ESPNcricinfo staff

Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

'His spirit is still with me' - Clarke

Dec 3, 2014: Full text of Michael Clarke's tribute to Phillip Hughes at the funeral in Macksville on December 3

ESPNcricinfo staff

Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

Clarke pays tribute to his 'brother' Hughes

Nov 30, 2014: Michael Clarke has marked what would have been Phillip Hughes' 26th birthday by writing an emotional tribute in his newspaper column

ESPNcricinfo staff

Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

'Our dressing room will never be the same' - Clarke

Nov 28, 2014: Australia's distraught captain Michael Clarke has spoken about Phillip Hughes on behalf of the national team at the SCG

Daniel Brettig

Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

Clarke goes above and beyond

Nov 27, 2014: Through the Hughes family's ordeal, Michael Clarke was a constant presence, fighting his own grief but equally doing his best to comfort and console, when little of either could be found anywhere

Daniel Brettig

India in Australia 2014-15

Clarke issued 'please explain'

Nov 25, 2014: James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, will ask for an explanation from Michael Clarke about why he continued to plan for a grade-match appearance despite advice to the contrary from the national selectors

Daniel Brettig

India in Australia 2014-15

Michael Clarke's dangerous game

Nov 24, 2014: By saying he he can still make the Gabba Test despite being ruled out of the warm-up game in Adelaide, Michael Clarke is effectively daring the Australia selectors to rule him out

Daniel Brettig
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