SYDNEY- Australian skipper Michael Clarke insisted Tuesday he has no plans to retire from either Test or one-day cricket despite injuries increasingly hampering his availability.
Clarke is in danger of missing the first Test against India next month as he struggles to overcome a hamstring problem that kept him out of much of the recent one-day series against South Africa.
It is the third hamstring issue he has had since August. The 33-year-old also continues to undergo daily treatment for a chronic back condition, raising concerns about his playing prospects this southern summer season and beyond.
But the skipper said has no intention of fast-tracking retirement plans or giving up one-day cricket.
“No I don’t,” the 107-Test veteran told the Nine Network when asked if he had any plans to retire in the next 12 months.
“My goal is to continue to play for Australia for a lot longer; I love both forms of the game. I want to continue to play both forms of the game.”
Speculation has been bubbling in the media about Clarke’s long-term replacement, with the in-form Steve Smith looming as a likely candidate.
“Once you get past the age of 30, I think naturally there’s always talk about who’s going to be next, how long you play for,” Clarke said.
“I probably experienced the other side of that as vice-captain.
“People should be looking and thinking about who is going to take that role once I’m either dropped or not selected, or I retire.”
Clarke on Monday nominated Brad Haddin as the man most likely to lead the side in the first Test on December 4 at the Gabba if he is unavailable.
“I really hope I’m fit and I’m there to captain Australia,” he said.
“If I’m not, then I think Brad Haddin the vice-captain should definitely takeover the captaincy.”
Clarke was named in a 12-man squad Monday for the first Test, subject to his fitness.
Selector Rod Marsh suggested that Wednesday was the deadline day to get himself ready to play for a Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide on Friday.
If he came through that match, then he would take his place in the Brisbane Test side against India.