Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide December 3, 2013

Clarke misses training, but 'will play' Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Clarke did not train at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday due to his stiff and sore ankle but Cricket Australia insists he is not in doubt for the second Test.

Clarke appeared to roll his right ankle while running at training on Monday and although he left the field, he was able to return for fielding and batting practice.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said on Tuesday that Clarke's ankle was a "bit stiff" but said: "He will train tomorrow and will play the game."

Clarke scored 113 in the second innings of Australia's win in the first Test at the Gabba, The second Test begins in Adelaide on Thursday.

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  • A on December 3, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Shades of the 2005 Ashes. Back then, Glenn McGrath rolled his ankle during practice after Australia won the first test. England ended up winning the Ashes because McGrath wasn't there. Could we be seeing a repeat of that?

  • Xiong on December 3, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Clarke should bat even if he broke his ankle. He's the only proper test batsman we got.

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Its great news. Clark should definitely play the second test. He is a great leader and great fighter on the field when he lead in the ashes.

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