Australia will have a hectic schedule of cricket which starts from August 25 with their tour to Zimbabwe. On that note, Michael Clarke, Australian captain is not much worried about that which is a good sign.
After Zimbabwe tour, the Aussies will be up against Pakistan at United Arab Emirates before hosting a One-Day International and Twenty20 International series against South Africa. Australia will also host India for a four-Test series and a triangular ODI series involving England ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Also the hectic schedule does not end after the World Cup. They will tour West Indies just after the World Cup in May, 2015. And this tour will be followed by the all-important Ashes in England in July.
On speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, June 24th, Clarke stated, “I don’t think it’s any different to how it’s been for the last five years of my career. We’re very fortunate with the Australia team with how players are managed.
He also praised about their support staff by saying, “Our support staff do a magnificent job. Our physios, our doctors and that goes back to the states and national cricket centre as well. We’re doing the best we possibly can.”
Earlier, Clarke stated that they are not going to take the Zimbabwe tour lightly and will travel with their full first line squad excluding David Warner, who has opted out from the tour due to the upcoming birth of his first child.
It is also going to be a test for the Australian selection panel, headed by Rod Marsh to make the perfect combination in the squad to ensure that their premier bowlers are not over-stressed and are fully fit ahead of the major tests against India and also World Cup.
At present as it stands, Ryan Harris is recovering from a knee injury and is likely to miss the Test series against Pakistan in October this year.
Clarke also said, “You need to respect the fact that young cricketers – batsmen, bowlers – you’re going to have injuries. You’re pushing yourself to the maximum. That’s natural in any sport.”
Recently, Clarke himself had an injury of a fractured shoulder which he incurred in the third Test against South Africa in March. At present, he has recovered from the injury to a good extent and has returned to batting in the nets in the last week and he was also confident to make a complete recovery sooner.
Finally, the Aussie Captain stated, “I feel great, touch wood, My body’s going well.”