Michael Clarke confident of playing in ICC Cricket World Cup

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Old 24-Dec-2014
Michael Clarke confident of playing in ICC Cricket World Cup

Australian captain, Michael Clarke, is confident of making a return to international cricket, after he underwent a surgery on his torn hamstring. The 33-year-old set alarm bells ringing with a stark warning that the injury sustained during the first Test against India in Adelaide could cut short his stellar cricketing life.

However, in an upbeat column for Sydney's Daily Telegraph, Clarke gave a positive assessment, a week after the operation.

"The biggest thing for me is getting back on the field for the World Cup. I have been told by medical staff that I am in as good a condition as I can be a week after undergoing the surgery," Clarke said of the tournament that starts in Australia and New Zealand in mid-February.

"There is no swelling and no pain when I walk. I can't wait to begin stage two of the rehab process which involves starting to run again," he added.

He offered strong support to fellow veterans, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers, who have come under pressure for weak performances since the start of the four-Test series against India, this month. With Australia leading India 2-0 ahead of the third Test in Melbourne on Friday, he also backed them for the 2015 Ashes squad to face England.

"It's crucial to have experienced guys like these in a team when you're bringing through youngsters. I hope all three of them are on the plane to England for next year's Ashes series. They bring so much more to the table than just their batting," Clarke summed up.

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