Michael Clarke had an extensive training session on Saturday © Getty Images
Michael Clarke had an extensive training session on Saturday © Getty Images

Aug 30, 2014

Australia on Saturday received a huge boost when their captain Michael Clarke was deemed fit for their next match in the ongoing Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 against the hosts on Sunday.

According to Cricket Australia (CA) official website, Clarke, who underwent an extensive session since the team’s arrival in Harare, is yet to be approved by the Australian medical staff. During the session Clarke did not only do some light jogging, but was also involved in simulate turning and running to prove his fitness.

The website added that the final decision on Clarke’s availability will be made late on Saturday when the medical team will judge his fitness, after examining his agility while running between the wickets.

Clarke said, “Batting-wise I’m completely fine, I feel it a little bit batting but not much at all so it doesn’t restrict me. The hardest thing has been running, so it’s a real positive sign that I’ve been able to get through today. But there’s no point getting on the park just to play a game when we’ve got 13 other guys here that really want to play and are 100 per cent fit.

“So I don’t want to do the wrong thing by the team and my teammates, but if I pull up okay tomorrow then I’m 100 per cent fit to perform,” he added.

The Australian captain said there is no more danger of him incurring more severe injury, and he is ready for action. “I’ve been having treatment eight times a day. I’m living in that team room [at the hotel], I’m sick of the Game Ready machine icing my leg. My God, I’m icing every half an hour. I feel obviously frustrated because you train your backside off to play.

“But if all goes to plan I’ll have missed two games of cricket and I’m right for the next two and hopefully the final (of the tri-series next Saturday) if we can make it. When you win it’s easier, when you lose you feel like you’ve let the team down.”