Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Cricket | International

Clarke in race to be fit for 2nd test



Australian captain Michael Clarke is confident he will be fit for the second test against Sri Lanka and started an intensive physio campaign on Wednesday to overcome a hamstring strain.

The world's leading test batsman suffered the twinge in his team's 137-run win over the tourists in Hobart this week and he is racing the clock to recover in time for the next encounter in Melbourne from December 26.

"I know I'm in great hands with (team physio) Alex (Kountouris) and I know how great a physio he is," said Clarke, who reclaimed the top spot in the ICC test batsman rankings released Tuesday evening.

Clarke, who entered the Hobart test trailing Shivnarine Chanderpaul by just one ratings point, now leads the West Indian by nine points after knocks of 74 and 57.

"Obviously my preparation will be a little bit different to the lead-up to this test match but I've done a fair bit of batting throughout the summer so I'm confident," he added.

The prolific Clarke needs just 55 runs to equal Ricky Ponting's Australian record of 1 544 test runs in a calendar year, set in 2005. The Melbourne test is the last chance to overhaul his now retired former teammate.

Clarke was included in the 12-man squad announced Tuesday with Usman Khawaja on standby. The Pakistan-born Khawaja played the last of his six tests against New Zealand in Hobart a year ago.

"I'm really confident that with seven, eight days' turnaround (the injury will heal)," added Clarke.

"I'll be giving myself every opportunity, that's for sure."

Shop

The Proteas
20 Years, 20 Landmark Matches by Neil Manthorp
R171.00
The extraordinary book of SA cricket
The Extraordinary Book of South African Cricket is the perfect gift for any cricket fanatic.
R140.00
Jackers - A Life in Cricket
Robin Jackman has been entertaining cricket followers for more than forty years
R169.00
Bouch
Through my eyes
R147.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Kepler Wessels
Proteas are streets ahead
When the number one test team in world cricket meets the side ranked eighth on home soil one...

Neil Manthorp
Reasons not to celebrate
This should be a time to celebrate everything good about South African cricket, from the genius of...

Haze's Comment
When they were kings
I was fortunate to grow up during the most intoxicating era of test cricket. Ray Illingworth's...

Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Any answers from tour of NZ & Aus?
It is very true that nobody likes to lose, not even in a kick-about game in the park. So the loss...

Faf du Plessis
Eager to take on the West Indies
I’ve been enjoying my time at home in Cape Town, but the focus has been on getting my hip right....

Neil Down Under
Week 2
Hashim Amla said after Sydney’s ODI that the series had been “closer than the scoreline would...