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Michael Clarke is being hailed for the support that he has shown for the family and friends of the late Phillip Hughes. For the last 2 days, Clarke had constantly been in the hospital in which Hughes was admitted and he was completely distraught, as much as any other person, when the doctors made the announcement that Hughes had left the world.
Those who know Clarke closely say that he used to treat Hughes as his younger brother.
Hughes had actually started his first class career for New South Wales and it’s from there that Clarke knew him.
The left hander later moved to South Australia because living in Adelaide probably suited him more than living in Sydney, but, he continued to have good tuning with Clarke.
Although many former and present team mates of Hughes made their way to the hospital to know his well being while he was there, but, nobody stayed there for as long as Clarke did.
Clarke also talked to Sean Abbott, the bowler who had delivered that life taking bumper to Hughes, and tried to console him.
Abbott is also a young man only and this incident might affect him very badly on mental front. A few words of support from top guys like Clarke would have done him so much good.
Clarke is currently dealing with his personal problems too. His hamstring is threatening to end his career sooner than what he would want. He has had altercations with the national selectors of late.
But, as soon as he heard that Phil Hughes was in hospital and his family might need some help, he reached there, putting all his problems aside. That’s the sign of a true leader and Clarke has proven yet again that he, indeed, is a true leader.
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Michael Clarke will not feature for the Kangaroos in the opening match of the triangular series that is going to start in the Zimbabwean Capital Harare tomorrow. The vice captain of the side, George Bailey, will take charge in his absence.
Clarke, who has spent almost his entire career with niggles, pulled his hamstring the other day while warming up.
There were hopes in the Aussie camp that he would be okay come Monday, but, he could not pass the fitness test in the evening today after which it got confirmed that he would be sitting out of the match against Zimbabwe.
Talking to the reporters, Darren Lehmann, the coach of the Australian side said, “Michael will be missing out which is obviously unfortunate for us. We were hoping that he would be fit by the weekend, but, that has not been the case. He failed the fitness test conducted by the medical staff.”
“We have another match in a couple of days’ time and we will see if he can make it to that. He will be under the assessment of the physio and the other medical guys.”
The first match should not be that tough for Australia even without the services of Clarke because Zimbabwe is no longer the upset creating team that it once used to be. So, even a weaker Aussie XI should get better of them.
With David Warner and Shane Watson not there, the wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin might open for Australia along with Aaron Finch with Maxwell coming in at 3 and Bailey at 4.
For Zimbabwe, Brendan Taylor should be called back after being dropped in the series against South Africa. He has to play to give the middle order of the hosts a bit of solidity.