Michael Clarke Should Prioritise Between Tests and ODIs, says Brian Lara

Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara feels Michael Clarke is an able captain to lead Australia in the World Cup but has also hinted that he may do well if he chooses between Tests and ODIs thereafter.

Updated: November 20, 2014 18:28 IST
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Michael Clarke's recent hamstring injury has put him in doubt for the upcoming Test series against India starting December 4. While his immediate cricketing future is uncertain, veteran West Indies batsman Brian Lara feels the Aussie should choose between formats of the game to prolong his professional career. ('Clarke Should Quit ODIs After World Cup')

"He's in a status now where you've got to shape your career and look for longevity," said Lara in an interview to "In terms of his injury, I would like to maybe see him mould his game."(Clarke May Skip India Tests)

Lara, a veteran of 131 Tests and 299 ODIs went to the extent of hinting that it might be a good move for the Australian captain to give up ODIs after the 2015 World Cup. "Test cricket is important. Concentrate and make sure that you play every single Test match as possible," said Lara about what Clarke's ideal career path should be like.(Also read:South Africa defeat Australia in low-scoring thriller)

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