Australia Cricket News: Michael Clarke Wins Many Australian Hearts

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Michael Clarke shaking hands with Graeme Smith
Australia's captain Michael Clarke (2nd R) shakes the hand of South African captain Graeme Smith (R) as he comes out to bat for the last time during the fourth day of the third cricket test match at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, March 4, 2014.

The Australian skipper, Michael Clarke will sacrifice for his team by going to tours ahead of his team mates to avoid injuries. This seems to be a very brave decision from the Ashes winning captain. He has reportedly pulled his hamstring ahead of their match against Zimbabwe in the Tri Nation Series. He seemed desperate to sort a solution to the problem of getting physically vulnerable at the start of the series.

Time and again, he has shown his leadership skills and has always kept his team's interests ahead of his. He took blows to make a fighting hundred in South Africa to take the team back to the No.1 spot. The fiery spell of Morne Morkel in which he took the blows on his body but fought hard to score a century which he terms as the best of his career is the highlight of his career.

"What I've learned through my career is that I probably need more time than most in regards to the gap between getting off a plane and training at full intensity,' Clarke said as reported by Cricinfo. 'If it means I have to fly a couple of days earlier than the boys on the long trips then that's what I've got to do.' Travelling with the team also seems to be very important for Clarke as there have been controversies linked to the side travelling to India.

Darren Lehman considered his captain's chances of playing, 50-50. However, as the opponent team is against a low ranked Zimbabwean side. "He's desperate to play," Lehmann said. "We're obviously desperate for our captain to play full-stop so hopefully he'll get through [today's] session and we'll make a decision from there."

Whether he plays in the opening game against Zimbabwe or not, he has won many Australian hearts by keeping his country's interests ahead of his. We wish him best of luck for the rest of his career.

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