‘I would certainly like to go’ to India, says Michael Clarke

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Clarke admitted that his back was still “quite stiff and sore”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he “would certainly like to go” to India, but added that his priority remains getting fully fit by the time the Ashes start on November 21 after his chronic back injury resurfaced once again.

Clarke noted that he would abide by the doctors’ rules and keep in close contact with physiotherapist Alex Kountouris about the severity of his condition.

“No doubt it’s quite stiff and sore,” he told reporters at Sydney airport. “But I’ll be guided by the experts on what I need to do now to try and get myself as fit as I can be.

“I would certainly like to go and continue to play. I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment.”

Clarke was also pleased to have ended Australia’s tour of England on a high note as the national team won the ODI series 2-1.

“It was a good win for us in the ODI series and we need to keep that momentum going,” he said. “The last couple of weeks were a good start and (I) hope we can keep that going in India.”

The Australian captain also conceded that there were numerous areas in which the team needed to improve prior to the start of the Ashes series.

“I don’t think it’s right to go into specifics, we just have to play better cricket more consistently,” he said. “In patches we played some really good cricket but over a five-Test series you’ve got to be at your best consistently throughout the whole time and we just didn’t quite do that.”

Australia’s limited overs tour of India will consist of seven ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.

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