Michael Clarke will head back to Australia to nurse the hamstring he injured during the tri-series match against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Playing his first match of the series, Clarke batted for over two hours and was troubled by the issue in the latter part of his innings, but top-scored on a turning pitch with 68 before retiring in the 43rd over.
He returned to the field in the 19th over of Zimbabwe’s innings, taking the captaincy back from George Bailey, and also bowled an over towards the end. However, during the post-match presentation, he said he was going home within the next 24 hours to further investigate the injury.
Clarke had initially injured the hamstring – believed to be triggered by the long-haul flight – during a training session after arriving in Zimbabwe and was forced to sit out Australia’s first two matches. He had said on Friday that he needed more time compared to others to adjust after long-distance travel and would consider travelling earlier for important tours in future.
Last year, Clarke missed the Champions Trophy in England when his chronic back injury caused him problems upon arrival in the country. Australia’s next tour is in the UAE and it kicks off with a T20, which Clarke will not play, allowing him extra time to adjust. The next year could be gruelling for Clarke with a number of overseas tours stacked up.
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