Adelaide: Former Australia Test captain Mark Taylor on Tuesday said he’s concerned for the future of Michael Clarke after the current skipper once again injured his troublesome back on Day One of the first Test against India.

Clarke grimaced when he swayed to avoid a bouncer from India pacer Ishant Sharma during the second session, and later retired hurt with his score on 60.

“He made 60 and obviously batted for quite a long time, so in a fitness test situation he wouldn’t have batted that long,” Taylor told cricket.com.au. “He obviously would have passed fitness tests and what have you. So whether he should have played or not, people will probably turn around and say ‘no’ because he’s obviously broken down with the same injury.

“I think in this situation, no one’s had any cricket for two weeks so it’s been very hard for him to prove his fitness. He probably would have got through a grade game because he may not have batted as long and might have taken it easy.

“It’s an injury that continues to flare up at the moment. It flared up in Zimbabwe and then in Perth, and now again a month later. So that’s a concern.”

“I know Clarkey would be working like a Trojan to make sure it’s right. He’ll be doing all kinds of exercises and training to get that part of his body as fit and strong as he possibly can.”

It’s an injury that continues to flare up at the moment. It flared up in Zimbabwe and then in Perth, and now again here a month later. So that’s a concern- Mark Taylor, Former Australia captain

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