Arthur allays Clarke worries
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has played down fears skipper Michael Clarke’s career could be shortened by injury.
Clarke is set to miss tomorrow’s Commonwealth Bank Series decider against Sri Lanka as well as the start of this month’s tour of West Indies due to a hamstring injury.
Clarke was due to undergo a scan on the injury today and, while admitting it ‘doesn’t look great’, Arthur denied the back injuries that have hindered the right-hander are starting to bite.
"Michael is the most professional guy I've certainly seen in my time in terms of the way he manages his body (and) the way he goes about his treatment," Arthur told reporters in Adelaide.
"He is very methodical and very professional, so he has got every chance to keep getting it right.
"We were just looking through the stats last night, funnily enough, when we were having a chat - I think Mike has missed 15 ODIs through injury (but) he hasn't missed a Test yet.
"That is a pretty good record, so no area for concern just yet. He’s always on top of his game and he’s always making sure he’s looking after that department."
Paceman James Pattinson also faces missing the start of the five-match ODI series against West Indies, which begins on March 16, after suffering a buttock injury in Adelaide yesterday.
"He dived for a ball on the boundary and just pulled a glute - that will probably be seven to 10 days, not serious," Arthur said.
The Victorian has already been sidelined with injury for two months and his latest concern adds to the injury problems hindering Australia’s young bowlers.
Teenager Pat Cummins has not played since his sensational debut against South Africa in November due to a foot injury.