Australian captain Michael Clarke retired hurt halfway through the first day of the Adelaide Test with an apparent relapse of his chronic back problem.
Clarke was on 60 when he swayed out of the way of an Ishant Sharma bouncer just before the tea interval. It left the 33-year-old in pain and he immediately called for assistance.
Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that Michael Clarke has had some injections in his back and his fitness will be assessed later.
It looks unlikely that Clarke would be able to take any further part in this match. He was deep pain when he left the ground and clearly his condition isn’t good at all.
If Clarke fails to recover in time, Brad Haddin, who is also the vice-captain, will be the acting captain when Australia come out to bowl.
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