Clarke may miss the upcoming Test series in India as Cricket Australia look to the future.
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Australia captain Michael Clarke could miss the entire Test series against India, with Cricket Australia choosing to prioritise the upcoming ICC World Cup and Ashes series.
Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard told Fairfax Media that is was too early to predict how long Clarke would be out for, but said he would miss the test series with India if needed as Australia’s cricketing body looks forward to February’s World Cup and the Ashes series in mid-2015.
“We are putting the World Cup and Ashes right up there and if he’s right for the Indian Test series so be it,” Howard told Fairfax Media.
“We’ve seen him rushed back and what we’d hate is for him to play a Test or two and then break down.
“I have talked about the priorities and what they are. Sometimes you have got to take a little bit of a long-term and a medium-term picture.
“If we do this well, we can get extra years out of Michael who is a world-class player, rather than thinking in days and tournaments.”
Clarke has already been ruled out of the remainder of the ODI series with South Africa, which the Proteas levelled at 1-1 in Perth on Sunday.