Michael Clarke might play in Sydney grade cricket

Michael Clarke bats during an Australia training session Getty Images

Sydney: Oct 5, 2011

Australia’s Test captain Michael Clarke is thinking of playing in Sydney grade cricket over the weekend by turning out for Western Suburbs ahead of the tour to South Africa later this month.

Clarke said Wednesday he was still to make up his mind whether to play in the two-day match against Penrith at Pratten Park, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Wests coach Russell Grimson, however, said it would be a “fantastic coup” for the club to get Clarke to play for them..

“There’s no doubt about it, it would be a big boost to the club and a great learning experience for the guys,” he said. “I know he’s had a really hectic last two to three months, with the prep for Sri Lanka and a great tour over there.”

Clarke regained his batting touch by the time the Sri Lanka tour ended, scoring a century in the third Test in Colombo. He was also the man of the one-day series.

The first of Australia’s two Tests in South Africa is not until Nov 9, although Clarke will be leading the tourists in three one-dayers from Oct 19.

“They are going to be tough to beat no doubt,” Clarke said of South Africa at Tuesday’s launch of Australia’s new team playing strips.

“Playing anybody on their home soil is always harder because you know your conditions so well but I’m confident if we’re at our best, we can beat any team anywhere in the world.” (IANS)