Clarke considers travelling ahead of team

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has missed the opening match of the tri-series in Zimbabwe, and has conceded that he may need more time to recover after long flights than most.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has missed the opening match of the tri-series in Zimbabwe, and has conceded that he may need more time to recover after long flights than most.

The skipper injured his hamstring in training last Friday, just a day after arriving in Harare, and was thus not fir for the opener against the hosts on Monday. He said he probably needed to fly ahead of the team on future tours.

Clarke joked to reporters in Harare: "It's only taken 12 years to work it out.

"What I've learned through my career is that I probably need more time than most in regards to the gap between getting off a plane and training at full intensity.

"If it means I have to fly a couple of days earlier than the boys on the long trips then that's what I've got to do. It's hard because I'm a big believer in travelling with the team.

"Generally when I travel to the UK there aren't too many times that I haven't got injured at the start of the series and I'm normally at my most vulnerable at the start of a series.

"I think I've got to be smarter with that, or at least try and work out how I can travel with the team but also do what's best to make sure I can play that first game."

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