Clarke to play non-stop for next five months

Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 16:51 [IST]
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Clarke to play non-stop for 5 months

Melbourne, Oct 19: Putting cricket first, Australia Test vice-captain Michael Clarke is gearing up to play non-stop for the next five months, which includes all single Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 matches on Australia's agenda.

That includes two ODIs in India, a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Perth on Oct 31, three ODIs against Sri Lanka, five Ashes Tests after a possible two Sheffield Shield games for NSW, seven ODIs and two Twenty20s against England and then a return to the subcontinent for a maximum of nine matches at the World Cup.

Clarke may be cricket''s most eligible bachelor but he only has room in his life for one thing at the moment.

"I don''t let anything get in the way of my cricket these days. Media commitments, sponsorship commitments, my personal life, my family, my friends, that all has to wait. If I''ve got training at a certain time, I''ve got training," FOX Sports quoted him, as saying.

Cricket Australian has rested Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson ahead of a grueling summer, but Clarke is yet to receive any instructions from the board about having a break.

"I''m lucky that I''ve got so much support from family, friends, sponsors, everyone. It''s like doing an interview. I''m happy to talk but it''s last on the list. Once training is done, I''m fine. But preparing for our next match, every day, is what comes first," he said.


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