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Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he sees “no reason” as to why he should “consider walking away” from international cricket.
Clarke was recently ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates after having succumbed to a tendon problem in his hamstring.
However, Clarke has revealed that he will travel to the United Arab Emirates on September 30 to try and get himself fully fit prior to the start of the two-Test series, which gets underway on October 22 in Dubai.
“It’s going to take some time to work out what’s perfect for me but we believe getting there a couple of days before everybody else and allowing my body to acclimatise and recover after a long flight is a good start,” he told cricket.com.au. “So I’m flying over on (September) 30th to give myself every opportunity to be fit and if I thought I wasn’t going to be fit (for the first Test) I wouldn’t even get on that plane.
“In overall terms, I feel as fit and as healthy as I’ve ever felt and I’m only 33 so I feel I’ve got a lot of cricket left in my body.”
Clarke also noted that, despite what the pundits say and think, he will not be retiring from ODIs any time soon.
“I know there’s been some talk about whether I should walk away from one-day cricket or how long I can play for, but I’ve had my back issues since I was 17 and I’ve managed to miss only one test match out of 105 through my career,” he said. “I’ve also missed a few one-dayers but touch wood, to date I haven’t missed any major tournaments.
“It’s all part of playing sport at the highest level. You’re going to get injured and it’s about making sure you do the work to get back on the park.
“While I’ve still got that drive to do that work and the love of the game I’ve got, I see no reason to consider walking away.”