Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann is confident that his team can win the World Cup without the regular captain Michael Clarke but is also desperately hoping that he will get fit in time for the mega event.
Clarke, who missed the triangular series in Zimbabwe and the ODI series against Pakistan at UAE due to hamstring injury, re-aggravated the same during the first ODI against South Africa at Perth on Friday, which Australia won by 32 runs. Clarke has undergone scans in Perth and has now flown back to Sydney to receive more treatment.
According to Lehmann, if Clarke does miss the World Cup 2015, it would be a huge setback for the team but they would be able to overcome with.
“It’s never easy when you’re losing one of your best players, but that’s part and parcel of sport these days. Players have got to be adaptable. We’d love him there. But you can (still) win every game you play (without him). With the 11 that go on the field, we have full faith in winning each and every game.”
Lehmann also mentioned that Clarke’s priority would be to get to the bottom of his issues.
“It’s a concern for Michael. He’s frustrated, as you would be. But he’s in good spirits trying to get it right.“
With Clarke set to miss the remaining ODIs against South Africa, Steven Smith looks to be the most suitable candidate to replace him in the playing eleven.