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Australia captain Michael Clarke will return home after aggravating his hamstring injury during his side’s shocking loss to Zimbabwe in the ongoing ODI tri-series.
Despite making an unbeaten 68, Clarke could not prevent his side from being beaten by the African nation for the first time in 31 years.
“Prognosis for me is I’m on a plane in the next 24 hours to go home and have scans and see what results are and go from there,” Clarke said. “I really wanted to take part in this series and help Australia have some success but that’s not going to be the case.”
Even though he was clearly struggling with his injury, Clarke still came out onto the field in the 19th over of Zimbabwe’s innings. In fact, he even had a bowl.
“It was more the fact that if things weren’t going to go the way I wanted them to go I wanted to make sure I was accountable for that,” Clarke said when asked why he returned to the field. “I didn’t think it was fair to leave that to George. It was up to me to help the team win and if we didn’t get the result we wanted then I’m 100 per cent accountable for that. No idea (about tear) or if I did more damage by going back out.”
Clarke initially injured his hamstring during a training session prior to the start of the tri-series tournament. However, after missing Australia’s first two games, he decided that he was fit enough to step out onto the field once again.
However, Clarke in now in a race against time to be fit for Australia’s tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they will play Pakistan next month.