Putting to rest conjecture about Michael Clarke‘s drowning traction within the Australia national cricket team, coach Darren Lehmann said that Australian skipper engages the 2nd most crucial position after the Prime Minister and everyone wants him to be healthy, fit and raring to go.
Darren Lehmann said that he is skipper of Australia, the 2nd most important position behind the Prime Minister as such, they need their skipper playing well.
He was quoted saying to the Adelaide radio station FiveAA: “When he played well he got a hundred in Adelaide and we won that Test match. We took a risk with that with his hamstring and the history of it but that was for good reason for obvious reasons as everyone knows. We all get on, that’s the great thing. Media can say what they like. Media will speculate and people are going to have their views. From our point of view we want our captain fit, which is great leading into the most important tournament for four years. We’ve got the World Cup, the West Indies tour and the Ashes, and we want him ready to go because he leads this side very well.”
Michael Clarke had to bench out after the 1st Test against India in December last with the severe hamstring problem, and Steven Smith filled in as skipper for the rest of the Tests.
Cricket Australia has given Michael Clarke, who got 51 runs in his pocket for his local Western Suburbs team in his first match after return, time until Australia’s 2nd pool match against Bangladesh on 21st February to show his fitness for the International Cricket Council World Cup. Darren Lehman said that he is “sick” of responding to Michael Clarke’s health status to one and all.
Lehman added that he will be right to lead them probably before Bangladesh, but definitely by Bangladesh.