Injured Australia skipper Michael Clarke is well on track to play against India in the first test at Brisbane. According to chief selector Rod Marsh, the results of the scans on his injured left hamstring had came up better than expected.

Clarke’s availability for this season’s four Test series against India was in jeopardy when he injured his troublesome left hamstring while batting against South Africa in the first ODI at Perth, which the Aussies managed to win. It was Clarke’s third hamstring injury since August.

He was ruled out of the ongoing five-match ODI series against the Proteas. “He saw a guy this morning and I’ve never seen a happier doctor on our team. He looked really happy with what’s going to happen, so I’m backing Michael Clarke to play”, Marsh said.

Clarke’s hamstring and back problems remain a huge concern for Australia as they are heading into a heavy playing schedule that includes the 2015 World Cup at home and an Ashes series in England.

Australian Coach Darren Lehmann said “I would leave it in Clarke’s hands as to whether he wants to continue playing one-day cricket beyond the February-March World Cup.”

Earlier, it was said that Clarke will miss the first test against India. Bt the statement from Marsh would have given the Aussie skipper a lot of confidence and he will be hoping to be fit in time for the Test series.

Darren Lehmann also said Australia can win the World Cup even without Michael Clarke.

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