Oz pacer Clark to use weekend cricket to determine Proteas tour selectionJanuary 22nd, 2009 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jan.22 (ANI): Australian pace bowler Stuart Clark is one of three star players who will ramp up their South African tour credentials via park cricket this weekend.
According to Fox Sports, Clark will line up for Sydney University on Saturday and test his troublesome elbow, which sidelined him before the Perth Test last month. The right-arm seamer will clash with Sutherland, who have Aussie opener Phil Jaques ready to test out his back.
North of the border, Andrew Symonds will play grade cricket on the Gold Coast as a specialist batsman and is likely to be used in the same capacity on his return to the Australian side.
The experienced trio all hope to pull through the weekend and play Sheffield Shield for their respective states before the Australian squad is decided on February 5.
Clark said it had been frustrating having to watch his teammates this summer from the sidelines, but could not fault his recovery.
“The elbow is coming along really well and with any luck I”ll be playing club cricket on the weekend,” he said.
“It’’s going well, there hasn”t been any swelling and it’’s just a matter of playing it by ear. I need to be bowling at a level that the selectors feel is acceptable and if I”m confident I can do that. Hopefully I”m selected (for South Africa),” he added. (ANI)
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