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Painful 100th for England’s Clark

sports Updated: Oct 08, 2010 01:11 IST
Stephen Muncaster
Stephen Muncaster
Hindustan Times
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Anthony Clark made history on Monday with his 100th game in an England shirt.

As he walked on court with men’s doubles partner Nathan Robertson, he was greeted by his England team-mates who formed a guard-of-honour for the experienced left-hander.

He didn’t get a chance to play as England had already lost the first three games to lose the rubber.

“It's an amazing achievement and it hasn't settled in. There have been very few people in our sport who have reached 100. It wasn't exactly the best way to celebrate my 100th cap but it's done," said Clark.

Becoming part of the 100-club is an outstanding feat for anyone in sport.

For Clark, it was even more. The 32-year-old from Leicester had emergency surgery just hours before his moment of personal history.

Having overcome a sleepless night, the pain and discomfort of toothache and emergency root canal treatment under local anaesthetic, he soldiered on and made his presence felt in England's morning and evening badminton matches against the Falkland Islands and Uganda, respectively.

He said: “I came out here feeling fine, went on an aeroplane and was here for a couple of days.

“Obviously the pressure on the plane has disturbed something, I had a massive infection and a dead nerve inside. There was no way I could continue, without having the surgery done.

“Team England were brilliant. They got me sorted immediately. I went and had root canal after the first match and then played the next match.”