Clarke will undergo surgery on Tuesday…
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Michael Clarke will undergo hamstring surgery on Tuesday after scans on Monday revealed significant damage to his tendon.
The 33-year-old suffered the injury on the final day of Australia’s nail-biting win over India in the first Test in Adelaide, and said after the match “there’s a chance I could never play again”.
Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said the decision to operate was made after the extent of the injury was known.
“Michael was assessed by a surgeon in Melbourne early this evening and will be undergoing surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right hamstring,” Brukner said in a Cricket Australia statement.
“Whilst surgery is not always required with hamstring injuries, Michael has substantial damage to a key part of the hamstring tendon and it was felt the best course of action was to surgically repair the damaged area.
“His recovery and the timing of his return to play will be dependent on the surgeon’s advice and how well he recovers in the coming weeks.”
Yesterday, 25-year-old Steve Smith was named as stand-in captain for the remainder of the Test series against India.