Adelaide: Michael Clarke is struggling with an ankle injury which forced him to miss training on Tuesday and has given Australia a worry before the second Test.
Clarke strained his ankle during fielding practice on Monday but later batted in the nets for an hour, which appeared to prove the problem was minor.
But he suffered some stiffness in the joint on Tuesday morning and missed Australia’s net session as a precaution. He is expected to train again on Wednesday but Australia will be wary of taking a risk and making the injury worse.
With his side 1-0 up in the series and his own batting key to their fortunes, it would have to be a major injury for Clarke to miss the Adelaide Test. The Australia captain may require pain-killing drugs to get him through the match if he plays.
“It was more precautionary today. Michael batted beautifully in the first Test, so his preparation was always going to be very good anyway,” said Shane Watson. “I know the medical staff are very confident that it was just giving him a break today, and he’ll be training flat out tomorrow ready to go for the Test.”