Australian skipper Michael Clarke is recovering slowly from his hamstring injury and might lead the team against India next month.
Australian coach, Darren Lehmann, said that Clarke and most of the players who are under consideration for the first test will need to play some first class cricket for their respective teams to prove their fitness.
Clarke, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury, was out of the squad after the first match against South Africa. George Bailey is currently leading the ODI side in the series. Clarke’s injury raised questions whether he would be able to lead the team in the Commonwealth Bank test series or not, and who would be the ideal replacement as the vice-captain Brad Haddin, is also recovering from injury. Players like Shane Watson, Steven Smith, even opening batsman David Warner showed their interest to be the captain of the test side.
But it will most likely be Clarke himself after a scan showed that his injury is less dangerous than feared.
Lehmann, in a conversation with Adelaide based radio station 5AA, made it clear that the captain will have to play some cricket with red ball before he gets considered in the squad.
“Obviously with a test coming up if he’d [Clarke] get to play that, he’d have to play the Shield game before the test match to make himself available for that,” he said.
Clarke’s domestic team New South Wales will be playing against South Australia in a Shield game at Sydney Cricket Ground next Tuesday and if he cares to play for the Blues, we might see him leading the team in the field at Brisbane on December 4, 2014. – Md Zahin
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