Captain Clarke to face President's men

Cave Hill, Barbados – Australia captain Michael Clarke expects to play in the three-day tour match against the WICB President’s XI as he continues to manage his hamstring injury.

Clarke has not played since injuring his right hamstring during Australia’s second One-Day final against Sri Lanka in Adelaide last month, missing the five-match One-Day series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.

The right-handed batsman had to pass a fitness test before being cleared to travel to the Caribbean for a three-Test series against the Windies but says he will play in the three-day game unless his hamstring flares up in training on Sunday.

“The hamstring is coming along well,” Clarke said on his Twitter account. “If all goes well at training tomorrow I will be playing in our tour game starting Monday.”

Clarke added he was excited about his Indian Premier League deal with the Pune Warriors but his focus right now was on helping Australia play some “great Test cricket”.

Monday’s match will be played at the 3Ws Oval at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. First ball is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 17:37