Ashes 2013-14: Australia’s Clarke determined to be fit for Gabba Test

Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke says he is determined to be fit for the Gabba Test on 21 November

Michael Clarke admits he is a doubt for the Ashes opener – but has vowed to do everything in his power to be available for the first Test at The Gabba.

Australia confirmed their skipper would not feature in the tour of India ahead of England’s trip Down Under later this year due to a long-standing back injury.

But Clarke, 32, was bullish when asked if he could miss the opener on 21 November: “I’ll say definitely not, but at this stage, we can’t predict how long it’s going to take to get right.

“I’m trying not to look at that. It’s about being nice and positive.”

Clarke led Australia to an ODI series triumph in England this summer after a disappointing 3-0 defeat in the Ashes series.

Australia will only arrive back from their tour of India a matter of days before the first Test, whilst England will be Down Under from 25 October.

But Clarke doesn’t feel the tourists will have an advantage by having over a month to acclimatise.

“Every player’s different. For me personally, the way to prepare for any series is to score runs in whatever form – it makes no difference,” Clarke added.

“If I’m playing one-day cricket leading up to a Test series, it doesn’t really make that much difference for me. My preparation is pretty similar. I bat in a similar way in one-day cricket as I do in Test cricket. We’ll have time.”

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