Aussies hit by Clarke scare

Abdominal strain hampers batsman's fourth Test preparations

Last Updated: 04/08/09 6:52pm

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Clarke: sore abdomen

Clarke: sore abdomen

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Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke picked up a minor abdominal strain at Edgbaston and will sit out training on Wednesday to ensure he is fully recovered in time for the fourth Ashes Test.

England v Australia, 4th Test
Headingley, August 7-11
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"Michael Clarke has an abdominal strain that became sore after the completion of yesterday's game. He will continue to be treated with a view to him being fit for the fourth Test beginning on Friday."
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Clarke led the tourists to safety with an unbeaten century on the final day of the third Test in Birmingham on Monday, although Australia remain 1-0 down in the five-match series.

The fourth instalment of the series gets under way at Headingley on Friday, but Australia are confident Clarke will be fit.

"Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke will not train tomorrow after suffering a minor abdominal strain during his innings yesterday," read a statement from Cricket Australia on Tuesday.

Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Michael Clarke has an abdominal strain that became sore after the completion of yesterday's game.

"He will continue to be treated with a view to him being fit for the fourth Test beginning on Friday."

Australia have further fitness doubts over wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and paceman Brett Lee.

Haddin is unlikely to feature due to the broken finger that ruled him out at Edgbaston, while Lee - who has yet to feature in the series - could be available following a side strain.

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