Clark: Aussie call-up unlikely
Australian seamer Stuart Clark has conceded his international career may be over after a torrid run of injury setbacks.
Last Updated: 02/03/10 7:24pm
Veteran paceman Stuart Clark has conceded his international career may be over, however he insists he will do all he can to regain his place in the Australia squad.
The 34-year-old will make his long-awaited return from a back injury for New South Wales in Wednesday's Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania, ending a frustrating three-month absence from the game.
Injury limited Clark to just two Tests and three one-day internationals in 2009 and he admits it is unlikely that he will be able to force his way back into the international set-up.
Asked about his short-term goals, Clark said: "To get through these next two (Sheffield Shield) games.
"And I'm trying to go to (English county side) Kent but it'll depend on how I pull up after these next two games and we'll wait and see.
"As far as the rest of the stuff (Australian selection) goes, I understand that it's a long shot but I suppose there's a hope somewhere in the back of my mind that I can still get there.
"But it isn't the be all and end all - playing for Australia - because I still enjoy playing and I still enjoy competing ... and I think I can help NSW play some good cricket and become a leader in domestic cricket and become the team to beat."
Clark, who has taken 94 wickets in 24 Tests for Australia, insists he never contemplated giving up the game despite his injury worries.
He added: "I'll keep playing cricket as long as I enjoy playing cricket.
"When the fielding gets a bit hard that's when it's time to pull the pin but I still enjoy getting out there and competing and I'm looking forward to playing this weekend like I was for any game of cricket I've ever played.
"As you get older it gets harder to want to keep coming back and playing but I know I still like playing and want to play cricket, so for me it was not that big a task because I knew at the end of the day that's what I wanted to do.
"I probably tried to come back a little bit early - I tried about three or four weeks ago and it wasn't right and I was a little bit worried that that was going to be it for this season.
"But obviously the three or four weeks rest and rehabilitation have come good and I feel like I can contribute now."