Injured Aussie skipper Clarke to undergo surgery on Tuesday
Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke will undergo surgery on his injured right hamstring on Tuesday, Cricket Australia said, as the 33-year-old fights to remain in the game.
Clarke has switched focus to getting fit for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which starts on February 14, after being forced off in the victorious first Test against India at the weekend.
"Michael was assessed by a surgeon in Melbourne early this evening (Monday) and will be undergoing surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right hamstring," team doctor Peter Brukner said. "Whilst surgery is not always required with hamstring injuries, Michael has substantial damage to a key part of the hamstring tendon and it was felt the best course of action was to surgically repair the damaged area.
"His recovery and the timing of his return to play will be dependent on the surgeon's advice and how well he recovers in the coming weeks." Injury-jinxed Clarke admitted there was a chance he would never play cricket again after his latest setback. Cricket Australia said an update on the surgery would be provided in due course.