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Aug 24, 2014
Australia skipper Michael Clarke feels that he should travel in advance for future overseas tours ahead of his fellow-mates, to avoid injuries and break down. He suffered a hamstring injury in the first training session ahead of the first match of the tri-series tournament against Zimbabwe. He feels that this injury is a result of the long flying hours. In 2013, Clarke was ruled out of the Champions Trophy due to his back injury.
Clarke said,”It’s only taken 12 years to work it out. But what I’ve learned through my career is that I probably need more time than most in regards to the gap between getting off a plane and training at full intensity.” He further believes, “If it means I have to fly a couple of days earlier than the boys on the long trips then that’s what I’ve got to do. It’s hard because I’m a big believer in travelling with the team. Generally when I travel to the UK there aren’t too many times that I haven’t got injured at the start of the series and I’m normally at my most vulnerable at the start of a series.
A source from the Australian team revealed that if Clarke is unavailable for the tournament for his injury then he will be replaced by Phil Hughes, who is in the form of his life with Australia A and who will also open the batting with Aaron Finch after a gap of a year from any sort of international cricket.
Clarke said, “I think I’ve got to be smarter with that, or at least try and work out how I can travel with the team but also do what’s best to make sure I can play that first game.”
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