Michael Clarke was noticeable by his absence after missing training through a back injury.
Australia’s skipper Michael Clarke could miss the fourth Test against India on Friday as a back injury continues to trouble him.
Clarke was forced to sit out his side’s training session today and he now only has one day to recover from a problem that has plagued him throughout his career.
If the 31-year-old does miss the final Test of the series in India then it would pose some serious leadership issues for Australia.
Usual vice-captain Shane Watson has been out of the team after being suspended for unprofessional behaviour and then returning to Australia for the birth of his first child.
Although Watson has confirmed his return for the fourth Test, questions have been raised over whether a player just returning from a suspension should be captaining the side.
However, if Australia choose not to go with the returning batsman they could face difficulty finding somebody else. When Clarke was off the field receiving treatment for his injury in the third Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin had to stand in, despite playing his first Test in over a year.
Most of the Australian team will probably be hoping Clarke can battle through start play the fourth Test.
“We’re hoping Michael is fine for this Test,” opener Ed Cowan said on ESPNcricinfo.
“He is such a great batsman and we need his runs and leadership. We’re hoping he will be fit.”
Australia will line-up against India in the final Test of the series on Friday, quite possibly with a new leader.