Clarke injury worry for Australia


Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Australia’s 32-run victory over South Africa in the first one-day international in Perth did not come without cost as they lost captain Michael Clarke with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

George Bailey’s 70, after an opening stand of 94 between David Warner (46) and Aaron Finch (35), helped the hosts to 300 for eight – a total they successfully defended after breaking a 126-run partnership between AB de Villiers and David Miller.

However, the win was marred by the loss of Clarke, who made just 11 before gloving an attempted hook off Dale Steyn to Quinton de Kock.

Prior to the game wicketkeeper Brad Haddin had been ruled out of the five-match series with a shoulder injury but fitness concerns over Clarke are more of an issue with the first Test against India less than three weeks away.

“I’ve tweaked my hamstring again,” Clarke told Channel Nine.

“I have to have a scan on Saturday and then it will be dictated by physios, doctors, surgeons I guess.

“My fingers are crossed that it’s not that bad and I’ll be able to fix the problem but the fact is I’ve had this injury three times in the last six weeks.

“I’ve had a long stint of rehab trying to get it strong and unfortunately it’s come back again. That’s not positive.”

Bailey, having led from the front with the bat, assumed captaincy duties in the field and guided the side to what turned into a comfortable victory once De Villiers, who became the fastest man to 7,000 one-day runs, was eighth man out for 80.

The South African right-hander passed the landmark in his 166th innings, eight better than the previous best by India’s Sourav Ganguly.

While he was at the crease with Miller, who made a run-a-ball 65, his side looked like challenging after Mitchell Johnson’s two early wickets had helped reduce them to 76 for four.

The middle-order pair got within 79 runs of victory with 14 overs remaining before Nathan Coulter-Nile, who finished with four for 48, broke the stand and when De Villiers departed to a run-out, Australia were safe.

Having been put into bat the hosts got off to a rapid start with Warner (46) and Finch (35) scoring at better than a run a ball.

Vernon Philander removed both within the space of two balls before Bailey, Matthew Wade (35) and Glenn Maxwell (29 off 19 balls) picked up the pace again.

Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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