Having skipped the warm-up matches, Clarke and Warner would be going into the Test series without match practice. When asked about the reason for missing the warm-up match, Australian skipper said the duo would work off the field to stay fit for the first Test against India starting Feb 22 in Chennai.
"The reason for skipping this game is that David Warner and I were injured prior to coming here and it's in the best interests of the team and us as individuals that we continue to do our work off the field. We're going to use these three days to make sure we are prepared for the first day of the Test match," said Clarke on Friday.
Talking to reporters on the eve of the second warm-up match, Clarke said that "I do have a team for the match: Cowan, Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Henriques, Wade, Siddle, Starc, Lyon, Doherty and Agar," suggesting that he would not be playing the warm-up match.