Michael Clarke, the skipper of the Australian One Day International side, is expecting himself to get totally fit for the upcoming match against Zimbabwe which will be played in Harare this Sunday.
Clarke has not featured in Australia’s first couple of matches in the ongoing tri-series in which South Africa in the third team.
Clarke’s batting hasn’t been missed by the Kangaroos in those two games as they have managed to put up 300 plus on the board both times, but, yes, they have certainly missed Clarke’s leadership at times especially in that game against South Africa.
Clarke’s fitness struggles on away tours is not something new for Australia. Even during the Champions trophy, he had established a back problem because of which he had to miss the whole tournament.
However, it’s not the back problem which has kept him out this time around in Zimbabwe. He had actually stretched his hammy a little bit while warming up ahead of the start of the tri-series and it’s due to that he’s sat out on the tour so far.
The Australian fans would hope that the New South Wales man remains injury free going into the World Cup.
The Kangaroos might regain their status of World Champions in 2015 in their home conditions, but, Clarke’s fitness is the key for them.
In the absence of Clarke, Australia looks a slightly lost unit. George Bailey is a decent captain, but, he is certainly not as wise a tactician as Clarke is.
Clarke hasn’t been successful in winning an ICC title as captain so far and considering his age, he is not going to be playing One Day Cricket for too long. So, next year’s tournament at home is perhaps his last chance of achieving glory at World Stage as captain.