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Clarke had a broken shoulder

2014-03-17 07:51

Sydney - Australia captain Michael Clarke's courageous century in the decisive Third Test against South Africa took on added significance Monday when it was revealed he played with a fractured shoulder.

Clarke weathered a fearsome barrage of bouncers on the first day of the Cape Town Test this month, being hit on the forearm, elbow, shoulder and helmet in a fiery spell of short-pitched bowling by Morne Morkel.

He went on to a make a pivotal 161 not out, hailed by many as the best knock of his career, to help his team deliver a 2-1 series victory.

The results of scans released Monday showed he played with a fractured left shoulder that has ruled him out of the domestic Sheffield Shield final this weekend, where he had hoped to play for New South Wales against Western Australia.

"Michael Clarke was injured as a result of being struck on the left shoulder during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town," said Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

"We have since done a series of scans that have demonstrated a fracture near his shoulder joint.

"We expect that this will heal with a period of rest."

Clarke was, however, cleared of any serious injury to his thumb, which was left bloodied and without the nail after being struck during another Morkel stint.

Despite the battering he took in Cape Town, Clarke had been keen to play for NSW in the Shield tournament.

"I've got a few injuries from that second last innings, so I'll spend some time recovering and trying to get my body right and hopefully I'll be able to play in the Shield final for NSW," Clarke said upon his return from South Africa.

"But I'm in good hands. I've got a good physio here in Sydney and I think I'll be fine. I'll just take some time for the body to heal and the mind as well.

"It's been a busy six months and mentally that's as challenging as physically, so I'm looking forward to being home with family and friends and enjoying the simple things."

It was revealed after the Test that the battering Clarke took prevented him from sleeping after day one. He went to stumps that day unbeaten on 92 and returned to complete a stoic innings of 161.

Australia are not due to play another Test series until they travel to the United Arab Emirates to face Pakistan in October.

AFP

Comments
  • Francois Cronje - 2014-03-17 08:04

    Its all the masturbating.

      Gunner ZN - 2014-03-17 08:20

      Silly

      Simon Gallagher - 2014-03-17 09:10

      with a name like Francois you would all about it

      Alison Bains - 2014-03-17 11:48

      Did it happen to u?

  • Mahomed Yaseen Essa - 2014-03-17 08:11

    Why reveal it now??Surely he shouldve said so at the end of the test match press conference!

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-17 10:05

      That he didn't know about it.

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-18 13:16

      You are not a smart guy are you Mahomed. READ the article

  • Sabiha Lockhat - 2014-03-17 08:31

    If Clark can still play so well after the battering maybe its time the south African's need a bit of battering so they can wake up and play some heroic knocks as well

  • Trix Roux - 2014-03-17 08:56

    Freaking yster SA need some of his caliber!!!!

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-17 09:01

    Wat a captain that is, he really deserved his 161n/o and to win

  • Kobus Otto - 2014-03-17 09:33

    Give the man credit for his achievement. Its shows some of the grit that's hugely lacking in ten SA side. With regards to Morkel.....it's about time he asumes his position as a strike bowler and wicket taker. Otherwise he will just be remembered as a nobody.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-17 10:08

      There's no grit lacking. Biff went out to bat with a broken hand, Dale bowled with a broken rib. The reason we lost the Tests and T20s was because Aus played better, not because they have a higher pain threshold.

  • Yaj Chetty - 2014-03-17 09:43

    Wow, what a captain. You still have to give even the devil credit when it's due.

  • Mitzi Black Label - 2014-03-17 10:37

    I don't want to take anything away from Clarke, I wish we had him as captain but Smith played in 2009 while knowing he had a broken finger, he just didn't score 161 and we still lost the test...

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