Clarke dramatically quit the limited-overs segment of the tour on Monday night to return to Sydney. His absence didn't prevent an easy win for the Australians.
But it highlighted the intrusion of the personal on his professional life and cast a shadow over his seemingly inevitable rise to the test captaincy.
He was last night unsure when he would rejoin the team, but he was keen to get back in time to take part in the test series.
The first test begins at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on March 19.
"Michael has arrived home to support Lara through this difficult time," said his manager, Chris White.
Model Bingle, who fronted Australian tourism's "Where the bloody hell are you?" advertising campaign, has been in the media spotlight since Woman's Day published a nude photo of her.
So, Pup Clarke plans o be back in time for the first day of the Wellington test match after doing a runner on his mates. Sheesh, that might add a bit of spice to things, and give the Keeping Stock Picnic a topic of discussion ...
It's all a storm in a teacup (or should that be C-cup), but isn't it nice to have something to give the Aussies heaps over?