Discord at CA over Clarke’s recovery efforts


The powers-that-be at Cricket Australia are an unhappy bunch because of Test captain Michael Clarke's efforts to be fit in time for the first Test against India, saying they have been caught off guard by Clarke's statements.

Clarke was always a doubt for the opening game in Brisbane on 4 December, and selectors, doctors and coaches have all said that he will not be risked in not 100 percent. But then news emerged that he'd arranged to play in a Sydney grade game.

The Western Suburbs team got into trouble for twisting their match against Parramatta in order to give Clarke batting time this coming weekend, and CA were not impressed, having not approved that idea.

CA chief James Sutherland told The Age on Tuesday:  "I will speak to Michael and others who have been involved in the process to make sure I understand where these things have gone awry. It's not really appropriate for me to go into any more detail.

"All I can say is I am concerned that there are some mixed messages coming out of Cricket Australia in the last 24 hours or so and I want to understand why things have fallen off the rails a bit there."

Clarke remained defiant though, also saying on Tuesday on the Today Show: "I really hope I'm fit and I'm there to captain Australia. If I'm not, then I think Brad Haddin the vice-captain should definitely takeover the captaincy."

Meanwhile, Clarke has been named in the 12-man squad for the first match at the 'Gabba.