Despite Michael Clarke's participation in the 2015 ICC World Cup hanging in balance, he believes he could play the 2019 event as well © Getty Images (File Photo)
Despite Michael Clarke’s participation in the 2015 ICC World Cup hanging in balance, he believes he could play the 2019 event as well © Getty Images (File Photo)

Sydney: Jan 16, 2015

Injury-plagued Australian skipper Michael Clarke believes he can continue playing cricket as far as the ICC World Cup 2009. Clarke has been plagued with injuries over the past year and has battled to overcome chronic back and hamstring troubles, but insists that he still has a long way to go in international cricket.

“It’s funny, a lot of people have said or thought, ‘Michael is going to retire at the end of this World Cup’. I’m sure I am going to retire at the end of a World Cup, but I don’t think it’s this one,” Clarke was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. Clarke also compared himself to wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin, 37, who is still an integral part of the Australian set up.

“I’m 33 years of age — look at someone like Brad Haddin, who is 37 and still loving his cricket and contributing to the team. I do not see any reason why I can’t play in the next World Cup,” added Clarke. Clarke batted in the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) nets Thursday to give every indication that his recovery from hamstring surgery is progressing well. He has played in 238 One-Day Internationals for Australia and scored 7762 runs.