Facing hamstring injury for a long period of time, Michael Clarke is desperate to return in Australian side as early as possible. In a recent interview on cricket.com.au Clarke mentioned that he has missed cricket a lot in past six months and he doesn’t want to miss single match to play for Australia.
Michael Clarke said, “I’ve missed enough cricket over the last six months. As soon as I can get back on the park I’m keen to play every game for Australia. But again, if I’m told otherwise than that’s what I’ll do but I hope that once I get back on this park I’ll be given every opportunity to play as much as I can for Australia.”
This statement from Clarke clearly indicates that how much desperate he is to get on the field. He may be playing warm-up game as well against India on 8 February but it all depends on what medical team suggests.
“I’ve got the Australian medical staff here with me (in Adelaide) so they’ll dictate what I’m doing on a daily basis (but) I’ve got time before I’m required to play so I just keep taking each step,” he added.
Recently Clarke played a practice game for CA XI against Bangladesh and in that match he bowled, batted and fielded as well. He is trying hard to get his fitness right and he believes that fielding is a major part if he wants to return for a long time.
He said, “My running is close to full speed now so I’ll keep doing some work there, keep working hard on my strength and doing as much cricket-related stuff as possible will get me to that intensity I need to be. Fielding with Mike Young yesterday at Allan Border Field was a real good start.”
“I think that’s probably the area that I need to be 100 per cent satisfied that my body can cope with going 100 miles an hour. That’s the way I’ve always played my cricket and how I want to continue to play. I don’t want to be restricted in where I field and how I field, I want to be able to play the kind of cricket I’ve played my whole career.”
It is expected that Clarke will play for Australia in their opening match of 2015 world cup against England.