Clarke: I have no intention of quitting ODIs

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has denied considering retirement from one-day cricket, saying he still enjoys the format and will come back to it once his current injury heals.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has denied considering retirement from one-day cricket, saying he still enjoys the format and will come back to it once his current injury heals.

Clarke was forced to leave the tri-series tour to Zimbabwe when his hamstring injury proved more serious than initially thought. He played in the shock defeat to Zimbabwe, after missing earlier matches, and scored a half ton.

But his efforts, having retired hurt and coming back to bat later, were in vain as Zim beat the Aussies for the first time in 31 years. Clarke was then sent back to Australia for treatment, looking to recover to continue his World Cup preparations.

Clarke said of quitting: "I have no intention. It's hard for me to look any further down the track than where I am today but I love the game as much as I ever have and the last thing I am thinking about is retiring.

"The reason I walked away from T20 international cricket a couple of years ago was to be able to play Test and one-day cricket.

"I have missed one-dayers in the past couple of years and I think that's because we prioritised Test cricket but my view is I want to play every game for Australia, every one-day international, every Test match."

Clarke did not regret playing in the tournament, despite being on one leg, saying he thought he would be good to go. He also wanted to make sure he got some runs on the board.

He added: "I spoke to the doctor and physio in Zimbabwe and I believe we made the right decision. I would have been really disappointed if I got on a plane without seeing how I was going.

"In my mind I was 100 per cent fit to perform. There's obviously a deeper issue than a minor hamstring strain that we thought it was."

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