Ashes

Injured Clarke struggles

2010-11-26 08:04
Michael Clarke (AP)

Brisbane - Australia's decision to play an apparently injured Michael Clarke in the first Ashes Test is sure to be questioned after he struggled for just nine runs in the first innings here on Friday.

Clarke went into the first Test under an injury cloud when a long-standing back disk injury flared up while he was playing in a Sheffield Shield match earlier this month.

He was rested for the subsequent Shield match against Tasmania last week but was cleared for the opening Test, the Australian vice-captain dismissing the injury as a minor complaint.

However, he appeared restricted in the field during England's first innings on Thursday and looked ever worse during his laboured innings at the crease.

Clarke took an age to get off the mark, surviving a confident caught behind shout before he had scored, then battled for 50 balls before getting a top edge to wicketkeeper Matt Prior off a Steven Finn short ball.

His end was almost inevitable as he never once looked like the elegant batsmen who averages almost 56 in Ashes Test matches.

With the under-pressure Marcus North also falling cheaply on Friday, selectors will be anxiously watching Clarke over the next few days as he is a key batsman in Australia's quest to regain the Ashes.

He scored two centuries and averaged 64 in Australia's losing series in England last year and also hit two hundreds in the last home Ashes series, averaging almost 78 batting at number four or five.

The stylish right-hander has compiled 14 centuries in 64 Tests at an average of 48.91 and his back complaint permitting could be called on during the series to trundle down his left-arm finger-spinners which have netted him 21 wickets.

Read more on:    ashes  |  michael clarke
NEXT ON SPORT24X

No holding back for Proteas

2014-10-20 19:16

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding

Learn some great skills that will help your riding on the road and on the track.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips on how to set your fitness goals
This all-terrain vehicle is badass!
The TRUTH about painkillers and exercise
WIN! Where were you when you last felt alive?
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Should the Proteas have gone for the win after needing 16 runs from 19 balls with three wickets in hand against India?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.