Michael Clarke keen to give NSW a flyer as Glenelg prepares to shine

Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed that he is keen to help New South Wales get off to a flyer in the Sheffield Shield competition before leading an Ashes charge in Brisbane next month.


Clarke is hopeful of returning to action against defending champions Tasmania at Blacktown on Wednesday after six weeks out with a recurrence of a longstanding back injury.


His best case scenario would see him play in all three Shield games against Tasmania, Victoria at the MCG next week and then Queensland at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, a match which finishes five days before the first Test on November 20 against England at the Gabba.


If Clarke, who had a fitness test on Tuesday afternoon, wakes up without any reaction from an injury which he has managed since the age of 17, he will captain the Blues.


“If I could play all three Sheffield Shield games before the first Test, that would be fantastic,” said the 32-year-old. “I would love to be able to play three games for New South Wales. That would be the perfect preparation for me.


“Most importantly, it gives me the opportunity to help New South Wales have some success in the Sheffield Shield competition at the start of the year. You don’t turn up to any Shield game and use it as preparation for anything no matter who you are. It’s about trying to help New South Wales win. Hopefully I can play a part in that.”


Domestic FixturesMeanwhile, South Australia start their Shield campaign on Wednesday with a home clash with 2012/13 finalists Queensland, who won the Ryobi Cup in Sydney on Sunday.


What makes this fixture unique is that it will be the first time the Redbacks have ever played a home Shield match away from the Adelaide Oval, which is being redeveloped ahead of December’s second Ashes Test.


The Gliderol Stadium in picturesque Glenelg will host the contest, breaking a cycle which has run all the way back to December 1892.


And SA coach Darren Berry said: “It doesn’t matter what ground we play on, we believe we are good enough to win. Gliderol Stadium still provides us with a competitive advantage, and we look forward to returning to a superb Adelaide Oval in November.”


James Buttler

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