‘I may never play again’, admits Michael Clarke

“I don’t know exactly how long I’m going to be out for”

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After tearing his hamstring on the fifth day of the first Test in Adelaide, Australia captain Michael Clarke has admitted that he “may never play again”.

Clarke suffered the injury when he ran in to field the ball from midwicket, but before he could throw the ball back, he immediately clutched his right hamstring and went down.

In addition to the torn hamstring, Clarke also injured his back on the first day of the Test match, but managed to return to the crease on the second day and score a sensational century.

But, due to the severity of injuries, Clarke has been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series so that he can try and be fully fit by the time the 2015 World Cup starts in February.

“The experts are looking at scans now, I don’t know exactly how long I’m going to be out for,” Clarke said. “I think the World Cup, our first practice game is eight weeks away, I’d love to take part in the tri-series, I’d love to take part in the World Cup but I just have to wait and see.

“There’s no doubt there’s certainly a chance [I will miss the World Cup], well there’s a chance I may never play again. I hope that’s not the case and I’ll be doing everything in my power to get back out on the park but I have to be realistic as well.

“I think my body in general there’s always that risk. This is a different hamstring, I did my left hamstring, I’ve done my right side of my back, I’ve just done my right hammy. I’ve got injury concerns at the moment, now I’ve got to go back and do what the experts tell me to give myself my best chance of being fully fit. But I think I have to be honest with myself and have a good hard think about things, definitely.”

Despite the injuries he sustained, Clarke had no regrets about playing the Test match, especially since it was held in honour of his team-mate and friend Phillip Hughes, who tragically passed away after being hit on the side of the neck by a bouncer.

“I have no regrets about playing this Test match, I have no regrets about going back on the field after I retired hurt,” he said. “I am extremely thankful that Alex Kountouris and Doctor Peter Brukner did everything they could to give me a chance to get on the park in this Test match firstly, but then to walk out and score some runs. The rest will take care of itself. I will be guided by the experts and hopefully I’ll get another opportunity to play again this summer.”

Clarke also revealed that he was able to stay on the field for so long due to a combination of injections, painkillers and constant work from physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

“My back was quite sore,” Clarke said. “I needed some injections and some medication to get me back out onto the park, but I’ve said before that’s part of playing international sport, people do it on a daily basis. Once you walk into the game you have to do whatever it takes to finish that game and it was really important for me to walk back out the next morning.

“India had just taken the second new ball, India had taken three wickets at the end of that day with the new ball so I thought it was important for the team that I got out there and even if I couldn’t make runs just see the new ball off to give our tail every opportunity.”

Since Clarke has been ruled out for the remainder of the Test series, batsman Shaun Marsh will replace him for the second Test in Brisbane.

It has also been announced that left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc has been included in the squad for the second Test as well.

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