Adelaide: Australia captain Michael Clarke has admitted that in rushing back to play after suffering an injury to his right hamstring - which he picked up against India in Adelaide - he opened himself up to the strained left hamstring that makes him a probable absentee from Thursday's third final against Sri Lanka.
In the aftermath of an eight-wicket loss to the visitors that left the finals series locked at 1-1, Clarke said he had bypassed the advice of the team physio Alex Kountouris in order to play earlier than recommended, and in doing so favoured his left leg over his right. The extra loading was not appreciated, and he now has strains of varying seriousness on both sides.
A scan on Wednesday will determine the extent of Clarke's injury, but with a long-haul flight to the Caribbean mere days away, it appears unlikely the captain will play in the series decider on Thursday. "I've done something to my left hamstring, I don't know to what extent," Clarke said. "I have to have a scan tomorrow, but it's obviously not feeling good at the moment.