Australian Captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the remainder of the test series against India due to a hamstring injury.
The Australian captain who scored 128 runs in the first innings of the match was already a doubt with an injury coming into the series but passed a late fitness scare and managed to fight through the pain to lead the side in the first test match.
Michael Clarke did retire hurt during the first innings on day-1 too but managed to come back on Day-2 and completed his century to get some redemption. Later on day-5, Michael Clarke aggravated his hamstring injury trying to field a ball at mid-wicket and had to be immediately taken for a scan.
Australia managed to pull off a great win as Haddin captained the side in Michael Clarke’s absence but the Australian captain returned for the post-match interview and cleared the air stating that –
“Probably better not talking about my injury, the world is probably sick of seeing me crying on telly. Not worried about losing. Results of scan not fantastic, I’m going to struggle to take any more part in this series.
The experts are looking at scans now, I don’t know exactly how long I’m going to be out for. I think the World Cup, our first practice game is eight weeks away, I’d love to take part in the tri-series, I’d love to take part in the World Cup but I just have to wait and see.
There’s no doubt there’s certainly a chance [I will miss the World Cup], well there’s a chance I may never play again. I hope that’s not the case and I’ll be doing everything in my power to get back out on the park but I have to be realistic as well.
I think my body in general there’s always that risk. This is a different hamstring, I did my left hamstring, I’ve done my right side of my back, I’ve just done my right hammy. I’ve got injury concerns at the moment, now I’ve got to go back and do what the experts tell me to give myself my best chance of being fully fit. But I think I have to be honest with myself and have a good hard think about things, definitely.
I have no regrets about playing this Test match, I have no regrets about going back on the field after I retired hurt. I am extremely thankful that Alex Kountouris and Doctor Peter Brukner did everything they could to give me a chance to get on the park in this Test match firstly, but then to walk out and score some runs. The rest will take care of itself. I will be guided by the experts and hopefully I’ll get another opportunity to play again this summer.
My back was quite sore. I needed some injections and some medication to get me back out onto the park, but I’ve said before that’s part of playing international sport, people do it on a daily basis. Once you walk into the game you have to do whatever it takes to finish that game and it was really important for me to walk back out the next morning.”