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Clarke in doubt over IPL participation with bad back, hamstring

Sydney, Mar 23 : Australian captain Michael Clarke, who had been suffering from a bad back and a doubtful hamstring, will be leaving Delhi with a question mark hanging over his participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

Clarke was ruled out of Friday''s fourth and final Test against India in Delhi after experiencing back soreness in the third Test in Mohali which finished on Monday, News.com.au reports.

Although Clarke said that he is confident of managing his chronic back problem which has affected him since the age of 17, he added that he is yet to make a plan regarding his IPL commitments.

However, Clarke further said that he is confident that he can avoid surgery, adding that he is hopeful that he can manage the injury for the rest of his career.

According to Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris, although there has been some improvement, Clarke is still not fully fit and will be having a series of scans in Sydney, with his progress to be monitored over the coming days before deciding on the best course of action.

On a possible return to IPL, Kountouris said that a decision on Clarke’s return to cricket will be made once the team’s medical staff has evaluated the scans and considered the possible management options.

Kountouris added that the staff will be taking the opportunity to investigate and manage his ongoing hamstring injury that has been intermittently troubling him since the Australian summer.

With a busy international schedule to come including the one-day ICC Champions Trophy tournament in June followed by an Ashes tour, CA is keen to provide medical advice to Clarke as he weighs up possibly pulling out of his IPL commitments, the report added.

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