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Clarke retires hurt in first Test against India

    9th December, 2014 04:21:09 printer

Clarke retires hurt in first Test against India

ADELAIDE: Australia captain Michael Clarke retired injured on an emotional opening day of the first Test against India.
Before the game began in Adelaide, players, fans and officials stood for 63 seconds of applause to mark the life of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes, 25, was 63 not out when he died almost two weeks ago after being struck on the neck by a bouncer.
Clarke, 33, was on 60 when he injured his back avoiding a short ball just before tea.
Australia, buoyed by David Warner's 145, closed on 354-6.
The match had originally been scheduled for Brisbane but was first delayed and then switched to Adelaide to give players time to mourn Hughes.
Their former team-mate was symbolically named "13th man" for the Test against India.
As a further tribute to Hughes, the Australian players entered the ground wearing black armbands and the player's Test number - 408 - on their shirts.
A large 408 was also painted on the playing surface at the Oval, while a video tribute to Hughes, narrated by Australia's former Test captain Richie Benaud, was played.
Clarke, who gave a moving eulogy for Hughes at the batsman's funeral last week, was only playing after passing a fitness test on a third hamstring strain in three months.
After injuring his back, the opener, who has missed just one of Australia's 40 Tests since he took over the captaincy, left the ground for treatment.
Meanwhile, Sean Abbott, who delivered the bouncer that led to the death of Hughes, returned to action for New South Wales.
The 22-year-old was selected to face Queensland in a four-day Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground, the same venue where Hughes was fatally injured.
Abbott bowled a bouncer in his first over and took two wickets.

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