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Australia’s Clarke May Miss First Ashes Cricket Test With Injury

Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke may miss the first Ashes Test against England because of his back injury.

The 32-year-old was already ruled out of Australia’s one-day series in India, which starts Oct. 10 in Rajkot, after his back problem failed to respond to its usual treatment program.

Asked by reporters today if there’s a chance he could miss the start of the Ashes series, Clarke said team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris sees him as at risk.

“I’ll say ‘definitely not’ but at this stage we can’t predict how long it’s going to take to get right,” Clarke said. “If you ask Alex, the physio, I’m sure he’ll say there is that chance. For me personally I’m trying not to look at that. It’s about being nice and positive and working my backside off and getting myself right.”

The five-match contest for cricket’s oldest trophy begins in Brisbane on Nov. 21. England is bidding for a fourth successive Ashes series win after wrapping up a 3-0 victory in the last competition in August.

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