'Fighting fit' Clarke hopes to play opening Test vs India

Clarke said the two opening tour games provided a good opportunity for the Australian players to prepare themselves for the tricky conditions they will face in the four-Test tour.

updated: February 12, 2013 12:36 IST
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Sydney: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke declared himself fighting fit as he left for India on Tuesday, saying the line-up for the first Test since the retirement of Michael Hussey was "very open".

Clarke, who missed the final one-day international against the West Indies in Melbourne with a hamstring strain, voiced confidence he would be ready for the first Test in Chennai on February 22.

"I don't think there's any doubt that I will be fit for the first Test match," he told reporters, adding that he hoped to play in the second opening tour game to get used to conditions on the subcontinent.

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