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My body hasn’t felt this good in 15 years: Clarke

Former Australian captain set to return to cricket in Hong Kong T20 Blitz

My body hasn’t felt this good in 15 years: Clarke - Cricket News
Michael Clarke will turn out for Kowloon Cantons in the four-team Hong Kong event.
After nine months out of cricket, following his retirement after the Ashes series in 2015, Michael Clarke said his body felt 15 years younger, as he readied himself for a comeback in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
 
Clarke, 35, had decided to retire after a spate of injuries last year, but a new diet and training regime gave him the confidence that he could play again. He still held out hope of playing in the Big Bash League once again, and is all set to test the waters when he turns out for Kowloon Cantons in the four-team Hong Kong event this weekend.
 
“I’m going to play these couple of games and see how I go, see if I enjoy it and then assess after that,” he said on Friday (May 27). “Right now it’s about coming here and having some fun. If I enjoy it, I’ll assess when I get home what my exact plan will be.
 
“My body’s going really well. My body hasn’t felt this good in 15 years. Let’s hope I’m saying that on Sunday night after four games of cricket.”
 
Clarke has held discussions with Sydney Sixers about a possible return to the Big Bash, but revealed that he had maintained a distance from the sport, apart from a 48 he scored in a Sydney club game in February.


 
If he does make a return, Clarke would be the latest in a long line of players to turn to T20s after international cricket. “I don’t think it’s new,” he said. “I think of Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin – all these guys have been doing it for years. It just seems to be a little bit bigger because I’m involved.”
 
Clarke’s international career was filled with injuries, but after his retirement, he changed his regime, with particular focus on improve his own well being than his cricket. Despite that, he hoped his fitness would remain good after the weekend.
 
“I haven’t done it for cricket, I’ve done it for my day-to-day life. It’s a nice feeling to be able to put your shoes and socks on in the morning with no pain,” he said. “I haven’t looked at it in a cricket sense, to be honest. It’s more about bending down to pick up my daughter with no pain, carry my daughter around for an hour if we go for a walk with no pain.
 
“I’m excited, I feel fit and healthy so it (Hong Kong) won’t be about my fitness. It will be more about the enjoyment factor and if I like being out there and playing in that competitive spirit.”

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