21 Jun 2013

Clarke confident he will be fit for Ashes series

6:24 pm on 21 June 2013

The Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke is confident he'll recover from a back injury in time to play in the side's first warm-up match for the Ashes series.

The recurring problem forced Clarke to miss the Champions Trophy and led to speculation that Australia's most prolific run-scorer in recent times could miss some of the five-test Ashes series in England, which starts at Trent Bridge in two and a half weeks.