Still doubt of me pulling up fit: Clarke

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 13:40 hrs

New Delhi, Ma 21 (IBNS) Australia captain Michael Clarke Thursday said that he will try his best to get fit in time for the fourth Test against India starting here on Friday.

Clarke remains a doubtful starter with his chronic back injury.

"At this stage, there is still doubt of me pulling up fit enough to play tomorrow but I´ve been given every opportunity. I´ll have plenty of treatment again today. I´ve got another 24 hours to assess my fitness and do everything I can to get myself right to play this Test match," said Clarke during a press conference at the Feroze Shah Kotla.

Clarke said in the past he came close to missing game due to the same injury but alway managed to recover in time.

"I´ve been touch and go for a number of games, especially in the shorter form of the game. Boxing Day Test this summer, I was touch and go all the way up to the end until I passed the fitness Test.

"I´ve been touch and go a number of times but I´ve never missed a Test due to injury so I don´t want this to be the first. If I´m going to play then I´ll be fit to perform at my best. If I can´t do that then I won´t be available for selection," he said.

Clarke said his chronic back injury will in no way cut short his international cricket career.

"No, I don´t think so, it won´t have any impact," he said. "It hasn´t had any impact in regards to my Test cricket at this stage. I don´t think it will play any role at all," said Clarke.

"Right now I´ve been able to manage it for what am I now, 31? I had my first scan at 17 that said I had degeneration in my disc. I´ve been able to manage it this long, I don´t see any reason why I can´t continue to manage it for the rest of my career."

Clarke backed Watson to lead the side if he fails to make it.

"Shane has my full support as vice-captain of the team if he´s appointed captain. Shane, like the rest of the players, missed the last Test match. If he was available for the Test he would have played. He was made unavailable and that´s why he spoke to his wife and flew home for the birth of his first child," he said.

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