Michael Clarke: Australia captain could return for World Cup
Australia captain Michael Clarke has said he could return from injury in time for the World Cup.
Clarke, 33, had surgery on a hamstring injury last week but had feared that his career could be over.
In his column for an Australian newspaper, Clarke wrote: "The biggest thing for me at the moment is getting back on the field for the World Cup.
"I have been told by medical staff that I am in as good a condition as I can be a week after undergoing the surgery."
Australia will co-host the World Cup with New Zealand. The tournament begins on 14 February.
Clarke was injured during Australia's 48-run first Test win over India at Adelaide.
He had injections to relieve spasms in his back while batting on the first day but returned to the crease a day later to complete a century.
|Michael Clarke's injuries in 2014|
|1 March: Sustains a fractured shoulder after being hit by South Africa bowler Morne Morkel while hitting 161 not out in the third Test in Cape Town|
|31 August: Suffers a recurrence of a left hamstring injury while batting against Zimbabwe and returns home from the one-day tri-series. The injury, initially triggered by the long-haul flight to Zimbabwe, rules him out of the one-day series against Pakistan in October, though he returns for the Tests|
|14 November: Injures the same hamstring in the first one-day international against South Africa in Perth|
|9 December: Retires hurt on 60 with a back injury before tea on the opening day of the first Test against India in Adelaide. He later returns to complete a century|
|13 December: Limps off the field on the final day of the first Test against India holding his right hamstring and will miss the rest of the series|