Clarke eyes Ashes return

March 25, 2013 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Australia captain Michael Clarke says he is confident of returning to full fitness in time for this summer’s Ashes series with England.

The 31-year-old was forced to miss the fourth and final Test with India in Dehli last week because of a back injury.

He immediately flew home to have the injury assessed and is set to undergo x-rays to try and determined the extent of the problem.

Clarke is scheduled to play in the IPL next month before heading to England though that now appears unlikely, especially if it would jeopardise his chances of playing against England.

Clarke is leading Australia through a difficult chapter in their recent history, with the young team suffering a dip in results.

The retirement of Ricky Ponting late last year broke off another connection with the great side of the 1990s and early 2000s, with the current crop struggling to live up to their lofty predecessors.

Clarke is crucial to their fortunes this year as not only is he captain and the player with most experience, but he is also in fine form.

He averaged 106.33 for calendar year 2012 and looking at the way his team-mates repeatedly got themselves out cheaply during their India tour, any the latest Ashes betting suggests any hope of winning back the little urn will rely on him returning to fitness.

“I’ll listen to the experts once I’ve had my scans and do as I’m told,” said Clarke on his return to Sydney.

“I’m always positive so I think it’s very unlikely I’ll miss the Champions Trophy [in June] and the Ashes.”

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