Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has announced that he is worried about current skipper Michael Clarke’s future.
Taylor’s comments come after Clarke was forced to retire hurt on 60 on the first day of the first Test against India in Adelaide after suffering a back injury.
“He made 60 and obviously batted for quite a long time, so in a fitness test situation he wouldn’t have batted that long,” Taylor told cricket.com.au. “So, he obviously would have passed fitness tests and what have you.
“So whether he should have played or not, people will probably turn around and say ‘no’ because he’s obviously broken down with the same injury.
“I think in this situation, no one’s had any cricket for two weeks so it’s been very hard for him to prove his fitness. He probably would have got through a grade game because he may not have batted as long and might have taken it easy.”
Taylor added that if Clarke continues to break down like this, it will be a major concern for Australia, especially with the World Cup right around the corner.
“Absolutely, I think we’re all concerned,” Taylor said. “It’s an injury that continues to flare up at [any] moment.
“It flared up in Zimbabwe and then in Perth, and now again here a month later. So that’s a concern.
“I know Clarkey would be working like a Trojan to make sure it’s right. He’ll be doing all kinds of exercises and training to get that part of his body as fit and strong as he possibly can. And yet, a short ball down the leg side and a little flinch injures it.”