Clarke’s grade club to be investigated

Clarke re-injured his hamstring during the first ODI against South Africa in Perth

Clarke re-injured his hamstring during the first ODI against South Africa in Perth

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Australia captain Michael Clarke’s grade club, Western Suburbs, will be investigated by Cricket New South Wales after declaring on 17/0 in an attempt to ensure he gets a chance to bat this weekend.

After Western Suburbs decided to declare on 17/0 at the Old Kings Oval, Paramatta responded by declaring on 140/2.

Western Suburbs then reached 230/1 in their second innings by the close of play, which means that, if his hamstring injury heals nicely, Clarke will have a chance to bat this weekend.

“We understand Wests may have taken this action [the declaration] to increase the probability of Australian Captain Michael Clarke batting in the second week of the game,” Cricket New South Wales chief executive Andrew Jones said. “While Cricket NSW and the Sydney Cricket Association are conscious of the broader interests of Australian cricket and hence appreciate the thinking behind this gesture, we are also conscious of the need to maintain the integrity of the Sydney grade competition.

“Consequently we will investigate the full facts and evaluate Wests’ actions at the conclusion of the round, with appropriate input from all key stakeholders.”

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