The arduous journey from Australia to the Caribbean hasn’t caused any dramas to Michael Clarke’s fragile body.
The Australia captain would have been right to fear the 30-odd hour journey to take on the West Indies given his dodgy back and hamstrings.
Those body issues are the reason Clarke hasn’t played a Test since injuring his hamstring against India in the first Test in Adelaide in December.
But the 34-year-old says he’s arrived in the Caribbean fit and firing after a short break following the World Cup victory in March.
“I feel ready to play now,” Clarke said.
“My body feels really good, I’m fit and healthy at this stage so, long may that continue and hopefully the hard work I’ve put in shows on the field.”
Several of the Australian team, including yet-to-arrive duo Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc, will be coming straight into the West Indies tour after Indian Premier League stints.
Clarke says there’s no concerns as far as he can see with those players being fatigued or needing time to make the adjustment back to longer-form cricket.
“Everyone, even the guys who’ve been at the IPL, are keen to play some red-ball cricket and get back together,” Clarke said.
“As a team we know we really want to have some more consistent success away from home and over the last couple of years we’ve come to understand the only way to get that is through hard work.”