Australia v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Hobart January 22, 2013

Clarke sprains ankle at training

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Australia's bid to salvage a 2-2 series draw against Sri Lanka is likely to be made without the captain Michael Clarke, who is an unlikely starter for Wednesday's fifth ODI in Hobart after suffering a sprained ankle in a training mishap. Clarke rolled his ankle as the team prepared for the final match of a series they can only level at 2-2 following Sunday's wash-out in Sydney, and was due to have the injury assessed during Tuesday afternoon.

But he is extremely doubtful to recover in time, leaving George Bailey likely to lead the team at Bellerive Oval. Bailey stood in at the pre-match captain's press conference and said Clarke would be given until the last minute on Wednesday to prove his fitness.

"He's heading off for a scan now," Bailey told reporters in Hobart. "Hopefully it's all clear. He'll be given right up until the toss tomorrow to prove that he's right to go. Hopefully that scan is clear. There will obviously be a little bit of pain but if he's 100% he'll play."

If Clarke is sidelined it will weaken Australia's batting line-up significantly. Unless the selectors call in another batsman as cover, Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques would likely both play as batting allrounders at Nos. 6 and 7.

"I think if you're replacing Michael Clarke with anyone it's a step down, and that's no disrespect to whoever needs to replace him, but he's an outstanding player," Bailey said. "Whenever you're losing the experience and calibre of player it's a challenge, which hopefully guys step up into. That's what we're hoping.

"That's what we've lacked in the last couple of games, is someone stepping up as an individual or even in a batting partnership to fill the gaps that Michael Hussey leaving and Ricky Ponting leaving has created. With that comes huge opportunity.

"That's the word we keep using and that's still there. If individuals within the group can stand up, particularly at the top of the order, and settle the change rooms down, get a good partnership going, then we saw in Melbourne how well the guys can bat."

Bailey acknowledged that Australia's batsmen had struggled to deal with a trio of matches where the ball has seamed and swung, having particular trouble with the inswingers of Nuwan Kulasekara.

"He has been very accurate and swung the ball nicely," Bailey said. "There is an art to that itself, when the ball is swinging to still have the control to land it where you want and there is no doubt he is bowling well and putting the ball almost exactly where he wants it more times than not."

"The challenge for us is to combat that ... whether that is doing something different as a batsman, being a little sharper with your feet, putting him off his game, whatever it might be, hoping he has a bit more of an off day. There is no doubt he is at the top of his game at the moment.

"I think it's a challenge. Facing good spin is a challenge. That's cricket. In a nutshell, the swinging ball is always what bowlers try and produce because it's the hardest ball to play as a batsman. That's always going to be the type of bowling that will challenge batters."

Daniel Brettig and Brydon Coverdale are assistant editors at ESPNcricinfo.

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  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | January 22, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    How about calling up one of the guys who played in the first couple of matches? They were deemed good enough then. Khawaja was run out (by himself, admittedly) early in his innings but has been in great form, plus he brought about a run-out in the field. Maxwell has done little of note with either bat or ball for Australia or in the Big Bash League. With Australia's batting having serious trouble in the past 3 matches, it would make sense to go with a specialist batsman rather than a (non) batting allrounder.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 22, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Big blow to Australia. If there was someone who played with authority over last year, it is Clarke and they will miss him in this very crucial game. I think Australia should look at including Mike Hussey in the limited overs as long as he is available. Removing a legend without even having a potential replacement is very bad..

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | January 23, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @Lord.emsworth your colleagues are correct, Khawaja is one of the better young players coming through and might do a bit of damage in the ashes against your boys

  • POSTED BY sugwas on | January 23, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Fingers crossed he makes it to the toss - alternatively the Australians will have to call on that massive strenght in depth I hear so much about. Brad Hodge anyone?

  • POSTED BY KingMSC on | January 23, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Why are these Aussies keep over looking Khawaja? Since the batting lineup is struggling Australia need someone who can play a big inning. Khawaja has had a wonderful Shield yet he is not given a chance. 1 game is all he gets.

  • POSTED BY skkh on | January 23, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Aussie selectors seem to have bloated egos and they probably will play with only 4 batsmen and play Maxwell in place of Clarke. The yardstick for Hughes was totally biased. Not denying his long term prospect he ought to have been brought in against SA and not the SriLankans. He should be persisted and would certainly be a good prospect. However Khawaja has been victimised for what reason is beyond reason. Like Hughes, Khawaja is a long term prospect and needs to be tried and persisted with as do the Marsh brothers. Instead of trying these the selectors are handing out chances to the likes of Quiney, Forrest etc. We lost the WACA test because of the selectors. Imagine Hastings get a chance at WACA!!! How come the ECB is not facing the frequent breakdowns that we have? The fitness programme is at fault as are the Physios.Why does England not need to rotate as we do? Are our fast bowlers "fragile"? Our batsmen cannot play swing and spin. What is our batting coach doing?

  • POSTED BY HambaanakaKewa on | January 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Is Clarke avoiding another in swinger from Kulasekera?

  • POSTED BY amilao on | January 23, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    today's match very important to both sides because no one beat australia 2 consecetively 2 times in their home ground.. that record seems to be establish in last match when SL was 14/0 in 3.2 overs.but some kind of amazing decisions of umpires & match refree save australians.i wish today not only win SL but also i wish to not to appear clouds in the sky.because that reason can also a chance to stop the match.congragulations SL

  • POSTED BY Clara74 on | January 23, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    I was reading some of the comments and I understand where we stand on test cricket and onday cricket currently. As a SL fan I am proud of their game no matter if they win or loose they are the best cricketers in the world because they play with minimum facilities compare to most cricket playing countries. common guys just think about the population how possibly you will expect the number of cricketers that AUS or Engalnd producing from SL. So my point is even if you have thousand of cricket players SL are playing with very few number of international players and still they can beat most of these countries with lots of facilities. Just think how you can compare these. All I have to say you better be sad hen you loose a game to SL instead of trying find excuses or just be happy looking how SL playing.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 22, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    @Ragav999, absolutely - no doubt about it - our batsmen needs to be more consistent and perform on all kind of decks - no question about that all - the one that irked me is the constant bombardment of the team and the selectors. The media back home is as scathing as it can get - no problem with them doing it if this were Ashes or a test-series. All along, I have always seen that the team that wins a test-series just loses steam in the limited-overs editions that follow. Not just us, but Eng lost 1-6 on two occasions after winning the Ashes - not a single soul cried for that. Why blast the team for something irrevelant .. Agreed that they are paid for that. And this is where the rotation policy does more than good. Use these ones to try out potential batsmen and don't look for results. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | January 22, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    How about calling up one of the guys who played in the first couple of matches? They were deemed good enough then. Khawaja was run out (by himself, admittedly) early in his innings but has been in great form, plus he brought about a run-out in the field. Maxwell has done little of note with either bat or ball for Australia or in the Big Bash League. With Australia's batting having serious trouble in the past 3 matches, it would make sense to go with a specialist batsman rather than a (non) batting allrounder.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 22, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Big blow to Australia. If there was someone who played with authority over last year, it is Clarke and they will miss him in this very crucial game. I think Australia should look at including Mike Hussey in the limited overs as long as he is available. Removing a legend without even having a potential replacement is very bad..

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | January 23, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @Lord.emsworth your colleagues are correct, Khawaja is one of the better young players coming through and might do a bit of damage in the ashes against your boys

  • POSTED BY sugwas on | January 23, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Fingers crossed he makes it to the toss - alternatively the Australians will have to call on that massive strenght in depth I hear so much about. Brad Hodge anyone?

  • POSTED BY KingMSC on | January 23, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Why are these Aussies keep over looking Khawaja? Since the batting lineup is struggling Australia need someone who can play a big inning. Khawaja has had a wonderful Shield yet he is not given a chance. 1 game is all he gets.

  • POSTED BY skkh on | January 23, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Aussie selectors seem to have bloated egos and they probably will play with only 4 batsmen and play Maxwell in place of Clarke. The yardstick for Hughes was totally biased. Not denying his long term prospect he ought to have been brought in against SA and not the SriLankans. He should be persisted and would certainly be a good prospect. However Khawaja has been victimised for what reason is beyond reason. Like Hughes, Khawaja is a long term prospect and needs to be tried and persisted with as do the Marsh brothers. Instead of trying these the selectors are handing out chances to the likes of Quiney, Forrest etc. We lost the WACA test because of the selectors. Imagine Hastings get a chance at WACA!!! How come the ECB is not facing the frequent breakdowns that we have? The fitness programme is at fault as are the Physios.Why does England not need to rotate as we do? Are our fast bowlers "fragile"? Our batsmen cannot play swing and spin. What is our batting coach doing?

  • POSTED BY HambaanakaKewa on | January 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Is Clarke avoiding another in swinger from Kulasekera?

  • POSTED BY amilao on | January 23, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    today's match very important to both sides because no one beat australia 2 consecetively 2 times in their home ground.. that record seems to be establish in last match when SL was 14/0 in 3.2 overs.but some kind of amazing decisions of umpires & match refree save australians.i wish today not only win SL but also i wish to not to appear clouds in the sky.because that reason can also a chance to stop the match.congragulations SL

  • POSTED BY Clara74 on | January 23, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    I was reading some of the comments and I understand where we stand on test cricket and onday cricket currently. As a SL fan I am proud of their game no matter if they win or loose they are the best cricketers in the world because they play with minimum facilities compare to most cricket playing countries. common guys just think about the population how possibly you will expect the number of cricketers that AUS or Engalnd producing from SL. So my point is even if you have thousand of cricket players SL are playing with very few number of international players and still they can beat most of these countries with lots of facilities. Just think how you can compare these. All I have to say you better be sad hen you loose a game to SL instead of trying find excuses or just be happy looking how SL playing.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 22, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    @Ragav999, absolutely - no doubt about it - our batsmen needs to be more consistent and perform on all kind of decks - no question about that all - the one that irked me is the constant bombardment of the team and the selectors. The media back home is as scathing as it can get - no problem with them doing it if this were Ashes or a test-series. All along, I have always seen that the team that wins a test-series just loses steam in the limited-overs editions that follow. Not just us, but Eng lost 1-6 on two occasions after winning the Ashes - not a single soul cried for that. Why blast the team for something irrevelant .. Agreed that they are paid for that. And this is where the rotation policy does more than good. Use these ones to try out potential batsmen and don't look for results. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY ShehanJ on | January 22, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Oh God, some SL fans are even already talking about winning the 2015 World Cup. (All it took was 2 victories against Aus to rouse up the SL keyboard warriors). How much can change in 2 years, not forgetting the fact that Mahela, Kumar and Dilshan are adamant on playing one more WC when all three will be close to 40. All this, "We are lions" talk in a country that does not have any lions is also quite funny. SL team messed up the best chance they ever had of winning a WC when they were humiliated my West Indies in the T20 WC Finals held last year. Some advice to blindly patriotic SL fans is, "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched!"

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Oh please ..... what a coincidence!!! It appears that Clarke does not want to Captain a losing team.

  • POSTED BY KanAloshFozter on | January 22, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    If Clarke can't play that's the huge blow door Aussies and it'd be an acid test for Bailey's captaincy.Series at stake,weak batting line up,good bowling department at his disposal.It'd be the best time for George to stamp his authority as a batsman and a skipper

  • POSTED BY Cric2015 on | January 22, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I believe the toss will play a vital roll, B.coz Aus don't want to bat first after 2 failures, therefore SL has an upper hand If we ball first as they will be over courteous .. Go Lanka

  • POSTED BY Ragav999 on | January 22, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @Pras_Punter: Aus did well in the tests this summer with out of form batsmen. These ODI's may not matter but the Aussie batsmen should raise the bar and aim to reach the heights that Ponting and Hussey reached. The bowling is in safe hands, the batsmen should be more motivated for the Australian team to be feared.

  • POSTED BY Sandeepbachhal on | January 22, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I think if oz wants to do well in upcoming world cup. Thy shud have this side: Warner,watson,shaun marsh,clarke,bailey,haddin, d.hussey, mitchel johnson, starc,siddle,hauritz.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | January 22, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @Herath-UK - The other day i read a SL fan (think its sinhaya-2) that wrote as to how SL fans respect opponents etc. Show respect to a player that has proved beyond doubt his class and stamped his authority. Its not long ago that Kumar Sangakara too pulled out due to injury, so do you mean he too ran away from a challenge that Aussies post him? in that case I will add Malinga too who has chickened out from Test cricket. Give respect where its due.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Stage is perfectly set for OZ to level the series and Choke the opponents. Srilanka in the past have always came short in a final game and now pressure is on them. Srilanka top order is too fragile and their bowling (only kula) is bailing them out so far. GO OZ go and stamp your authority over minnows.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | January 22, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Not the same really if Clarke doesnt play. Its a series final and fans are expecting 2 full strength teams. Still, George Bailey endears too - a more folksy type. I'm not an expert on Oz new talent but my Oz colleagues at work here in Stockholm talk highly of Khawaja. Given their recent ODI record in Oz, Sri Lanka should pull it off, but you never know with cricket.

  • POSTED BY wewillalwaysbeno1 on | January 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I believe Michael Clarke should not play anymore ODI cricket this summer, He needs to concentrate on the upcoming test tours (remember his form in 2012 with the red ball) as these to me are more important than the lottery of one day cricket.

    Give the ODI captaincy to David Warner permanently and let him take the team his way and lets see what happens.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Now here we have one of the most coordinated cricketers around, so I have been told, who rolls his ankle AT CRICKET PRACTICE and can't play an ODI??? Serena W. severely roll her ankle at the AO 2013 leaving her in agony on the ground. Within 30-minutes she is up and played out the match.

    Now here is the funny thing, earlier this season Clarke had a strained hammy but he wouldn't relinquish the Captaincy in a 5-DAY TEST so everyone could see how easy it would be for anyone (Watson, Hussey etc) to Captain Aust and beat SL at test level. But now, after leading Australia to what should have been 2 successive defeats with two successive failures to the same inswinging ball, poor ol' Clarkey 'rolls his ankle' a day out from the final game of a ODI Series that they cannot win and may lose 3-1, and now poor ol' Clarkey can't play?? Coincidence?? Someone should remind him that you need three things to play cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    commmmoooon MAHIYA as i feel this is one of your best performing ground in australia so it is your chance .We must show others who lions are , let world to think twice before they put their money on other countries in 2015 world cup

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 22, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    @ Herath-UK, your team just couldn't have 11 fit players to bat at the MCG - you got thrashed all over in the test series - for all those, your talk is way-too big. Get a break !!

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 22, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    @ DylanBrah , well said. Exactly my point. Who cares about these ? SL just couldn't hide themselves in the test-series. These ODIs hardly matter.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | January 22, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Did he cop out, knowing the Sri Lankans are going to win why not pass the ignominy to someone else. I've never seen aussies running scared like this before;somehow managed to scrap the 4th ODI on the pretext of wet ground now pass the buck away .Come on guy face the music heroically! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | January 22, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @bobagrof fantastic point, we need a batter for a batter, Khawaja is the best choice for Clarke. He was good enough last week so why not now. I can only hope Clarkey is playing tomorrow otherwise playing Maxwell will be a serious selection blunder. @Allan_Stephens i didn't see the hobart innings but i saw highlights and it was fantastic. Seriously though Clarke injuried. Get Khawaja in....no they do that. Give Mr Cricket a swan song....no they won't do that. Bat Bailey at 3 and replace Clarke with Maxwell to replace at 4... if they do that then God help us as the place has gone to the dogs.

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | January 22, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @ClueGeek Khawaja is becoming an expert on being a cover for other players, he can write a book on it by now. @shamalaatu shame Khawaja can't get 2-3 games in a row but he will take 1 game over none so hopefully he is playing tomorrow. @Tal_Botvinnik I wasn't a fan of Khawaja last season but this season i watched one of his shield innings against Tasmania where he scored 140 odd on a green minefield where Tasmania were bundled out for 90 and 130. That's what sands out for me in that he scores when it matters and we need that right now.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 22, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    We just hope that Sri Lanka will win the series although it will be a tough grind out in the middle especially as the batting performance has been very poor throughout the series except for the individual brilliance of some players.The bowling combination looked good for the first time during the tour although thisara perera and mathews should now start delivering at required levels and expectations.I also think that the new wicket keeper perera should keep wickets and chandimal patrols the field as he is a much better fielder.Good Luck Sri Lanka either with the "A" team or "B" team as the pundits have called it .Make them bite the dust for a change.

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | January 22, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Who cares - boring and meaningless ODI series. Let Sri Lanka win something for once.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | January 22, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Khawaja...Khawaja... whats the big thing he did recently? Did he score a 300 ina shield match? was he the leading run scorer in Big BAsh or Ryobi?You all expect Khawaja to come up and do something incredible.Maxwell was over hyped after his 50 against Pak.Maybe thats why he stopped performing.the aussie batsmen's limitations was shown throughout this series. Clarke even though losing form looked determined and hungry.You saw the celebrations when clarke got out?Other than warner no one looks threatening for the sl,Hughes too predictable and can't play Straight balls. Bail-ey looks a walking wicket.Haddin was better than wade(his one day record is dismal while haddin had a good one day record). THe aus bowling also looks limited because once starc,johnson,mckay are taken off i don't think the ball would stay at one place.(There are better spinners than doherty in the domestic whom sl play comfortably eg. Malinda Pushpakumara)

  • POSTED BY PRAMOD_2012 on | January 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    It is a shame that Shaun Marsh not grab his opporunities to cement his place in Austrlia cricket team. To me he his so talented & should be playing in all three formats of the game but so far he his disappointed to his fans. Days are running out for him & he should raise his level as quickly possible.

    I also firmly belive that Shaun's younger brother Mitchell Marsh also deserves a chance in One Day Team, he his very good hard hitting batsment and a decent medium pace bowle. he really can be a long term asset if groomed well.

    The gap of Micheal Bevan filled up very well by M. Hussey but it seems tuf to find replacement of M. Hussey.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | January 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Well he should be more careful, should'nt he?

  • POSTED BY dr.thirsty on | January 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    A player of the ability and stature of Clarke is always going to be missed and hard to replace. Thankfully its only an ODI. Aussie fans must be having nightmares about something similar happening in the Test series that are coming up. That would be one hell of a hole. Otherwise, I agree with most of the posters here that for this game, Khawaja is the obvious replacement for Clarke. So that won't happen then.

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | January 22, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    It would have been a more reasonable/honourable injury if MC had done his ankle fielding at the SCG during the abandoned second half of the 4th ODI. Aussies had a real chance of winning that game, mainly because of Starc's batting heroics. Aussies have now probably lost their leader and best batter. These training programmes must be better configured to ensure that they do not result in unwanted injuries to star players. Over to these fitness gurus, sports scientists etc. - the GAME is the thing, NOT your training regimes. Great players like David Boon, Merv Hughes and even Warnie would have been, literally, hamstrung by these absurd training/ fitness regimes .

  • POSTED BY GeoffreysMother on | January 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Big- Maxy-Walker, you are absolutely right. I was gobsmacked when I first saw Steve Smith 'bat' in an Australian shirt, but it seemed he was just the first in the line of a new generation of 'exciting hitters' in Australia. When you think that ten years ago Lehmann, Law, Hussey, Hodge and Valetta dominated county cricket but could not get a game for Australia this is indeed a sad decline. Today's lot often have the hubris but not the skill to go with it. Khawaja, without being anywhere near as impressive as the above batsmen, at least showed at Derbyshire that he could play with a straight bat and cope with a moving ball.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | January 22, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @NAP73 u are absolutely right, i think khawaja has to be picked in the long and short forms. he is one of the few actual strokemakers who uses actual cricket shots and is not a basher like warner or compulsive cutter like hughes. In that regard he is absolutely unique amongst current up and coming aussie batsmen. Usman plays a mature even old fashioned game which is needed for long innings in tough conditions which the current aussie team cant claim apart from clarke

  • POSTED BY NAP73 on | January 22, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Khawaja will only get a game if he moves back to NSW. The cricket culture has not changed in Australia for the better. Serious management issues still persist.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 22, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Bad luck for Aus. Let's hope it isn't a serious injury. Ligament damage might put him out for months. Clarke's been in such wonderful form, no cricket fan wants to have him miss games.

  • POSTED BY petecricinfo on | January 22, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Please bring back Micheal Hussey, we need experience in the team! Please dont play Australia B team again, especially for an important match.

    Please also think of the audience (at the ground & at home), everyone want to see the best possible team (Not Australia A or B team again)! 2015 world cup is still long way away, please win home games first to start with!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | January 22, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    I find the australian selectors funny. They rotated their players just to protect their players from injury and what happend in the end? clarke got injured.

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | January 22, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Awesome. The best chance for Sri Lanka to win their second bilateral series in AUS. Field first and restrict them for a llow score as possible. And chase it down with 7 or 6 wickets to spare. Good luck Mahela and Co. Come on skipper we would like to see a good knock in your last ODI as captain.

  • POSTED BY Dangertroy on | January 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Put Mitch Starc in at number 3. He's got an ODI average of 58.5. Top scored in brisbane, second highest in Sydney...

  • POSTED BY Loyd4148 on | January 22, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    "@Chark_attack on (January 22 2013, 01:40 AM GMT)" You're so spot on mate! lol

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | January 22, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    I would have thought his replacement has to be Finch as he has totally dominated the Ford Ranger cup like no other.

  • POSTED BY 21tu on | January 22, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Bad news for OZ fans.Better clarke take rest focus on up comming tours.May the selectors include Khawajae.Give him last chance.Drop Hughes ,Glenn Maxwell or Moises Henriques.They have been given more than one chance but not Khawajae.

  • POSTED BY Kolpak1989 on | January 22, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Khawaja... Bundled out too early in the series. He is the obvious choice for a replacement. Henriques and Maxwell aren't good enough as batsmen or bowlers to justify their places in the team by the by.

  • POSTED BY Junikamra on | January 22, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    unfortunetly if clarke is not fit to play then the player who can replace him in top order is "usman khawaja" already we have a lot of talk about him.. but so far aus selectors have not announced the bak up player for clarke which mean they want to replace clarke with maxwell how astonishing it will be if clarke replaced by maxwell.. I hope and pray that clarke will be fit to play..

  • POSTED BY 1st_april on | January 22, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Where is Callum Ferguson?.....David Hussey should be dropped , without Clarke's batting , the batting is paper-thin , Bailey might don captain's cap for the 5th Odi.....a good No.4 batsman , i am afraid it might be 3-1 to SL....

  • POSTED BY Danufur on | January 22, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Every time he's doubtful to play, he ends up playing. Probably another attempt at stealing the spotlight.... Yawn....

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | January 22, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    They are probably rotating the injuries as well...

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | January 22, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Based on his performances with the bat this season he will be a huge loss. The timing of the injury is as bad as it gets. But it will force the selectors to actually consider playing Khawaja who they're running out of time to get match practice for given that he should be going to England in July for the Ashes series

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | January 22, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    dont tell me someone rolled a ball near his feet like what happened to pidge Mcgrath in the 2005 ashes. which in my opinion along with the non selection of mike hussey was the reason australia lost that series. i dont think the physios and sports scientists types at cricket australia are doing much of a job with all these breakdowns and resting platyers, an old fashioned approach is needed

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | January 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Finch or Khawaja, leaning towards local Geelong boy Finchy but Khawaja is all class as well so either of them will be good.

  • POSTED BY Always_D_Underdog on | January 22, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Give Khawaja another go surely!!!

    Poor guy gets 1 chance (albeit a doozy of a run out) and ruins his entire opportunity to get back into the team..

    even finch had 2 cracks..

    Hobart = not a great batting wicket = Khawaja speciality (one of his better scores from season 2012/13)....

    Come on Usi...come on...come on...

  • POSTED BY trav696 on | January 22, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Shattering for Aus. Well they might have to do without him in the final ODI and this will only make it easier for SL. I actually want him to be okay for the ODI because if SL win, there aren't any excuses about not having Australai's 'A' team. Whether he plays or not, SL please seal the series 3-1!

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    gonna become 3-1 for sure srilanka looking in red hot form at the moment.Cant see this aussie team handle swing bowling and with clarke gone (who's brillant ) they will lose for sure

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 22, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Nice for Bailey to captain a game at Bellreive. With all the other injuries the cricket team has had, to have the first 2 reports of the day involve Beer (shoulder), & Clarke (ankle) injured in training misshaps really makes you wonder how on Earth an NRL or AFL side ever field a team from week to week????

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 22, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I hope he rues the fact that he cannot be around when his team tries to level the series, just like how he rued that they could not win the series because of the game being abandoned!

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 22, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    So is this how Usman Khawaja will get his chances to get in the team in bits and pieces rather than giving him a full stretch of at least 10 ODIs?

  • POSTED BY ClueGeek on | January 22, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    It will be funny if Khawaja is put on hold for Clarke.. Khawaja has spent the whole summer being a cover for Clarke without getting any real opportunities of his own.

  • POSTED BY AnImpatientFan on | January 22, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Instead of putting in some crap allrounder that doesn't score runs put in a proper batsmen for Clarke. Khawaja or Marsh.

    The Australian selectors don't seem to understand that to win a match you have to have one or more players who make big contributions. A batting average of 20-30 for an allrounder means that most likely the player won't do that. Even if they make 20 odd, the top 6 scoring 20 odd each will only ever get you to 120. More batsmen less allrounders. Look at the great winning test and ODI teams.

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | January 22, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Wow, this is a disaster, the worst possible thing that could happen to an already brittle, unreliable and unproven new-look ODI team.

    As a fanatical, faithful Aus supporter I'd be happy with 150 given this news.

  • POSTED BY x-sl-boy on | January 22, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    MC is an easy wicket for SL these days, not a good info for sl........

  • POSTED BY Chark_attack on | January 22, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    they should have identified this potential concern using informed player management and rotated Clark out of this training session

  • POSTED BY ShehanJ on | January 22, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene and the rest of the team are doing the Gangnam Style.

  • POSTED BY SinhaKapuru on | January 22, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Guess they are trying to bring Team "B" again for the Wednesday match .... LOL

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 22, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    We must hope that this was not due to an errant ball left on the field, otherwise this is a bad omen for the upcoming Ashes.

  • POSTED BY KhanMitch on | January 22, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Good opportunity to get Khawaja in given he only got 1 debut game but the fact that selectors haven't named an extra player as cover indicates we are going for Maxwell which will be a mistake as we need solid top order batsman to combat good swing bowling not allrounders.

  • POSTED BY KhanMitch on | January 22, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Good opportunity to get Khawaja in given he only got 1 debut game but the fact that selectors haven't named an extra player as cover indicates we are going for Maxwell which will be a mistake as we need solid top order batsman to combat good swing bowling not allrounders.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | January 22, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    We must hope that this was not due to an errant ball left on the field, otherwise this is a bad omen for the upcoming Ashes.

  • POSTED BY SinhaKapuru on | January 22, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Guess they are trying to bring Team "B" again for the Wednesday match .... LOL

  • POSTED BY ShehanJ on | January 22, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene and the rest of the team are doing the Gangnam Style.

  • POSTED BY Chark_attack on | January 22, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    they should have identified this potential concern using informed player management and rotated Clark out of this training session

  • POSTED BY x-sl-boy on | January 22, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    MC is an easy wicket for SL these days, not a good info for sl........

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | January 22, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Wow, this is a disaster, the worst possible thing that could happen to an already brittle, unreliable and unproven new-look ODI team.

    As a fanatical, faithful Aus supporter I'd be happy with 150 given this news.

  • POSTED BY AnImpatientFan on | January 22, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Instead of putting in some crap allrounder that doesn't score runs put in a proper batsmen for Clarke. Khawaja or Marsh.

    The Australian selectors don't seem to understand that to win a match you have to have one or more players who make big contributions. A batting average of 20-30 for an allrounder means that most likely the player won't do that. Even if they make 20 odd, the top 6 scoring 20 odd each will only ever get you to 120. More batsmen less allrounders. Look at the great winning test and ODI teams.

  • POSTED BY ClueGeek on | January 22, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    It will be funny if Khawaja is put on hold for Clarke.. Khawaja has spent the whole summer being a cover for Clarke without getting any real opportunities of his own.

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 22, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    So is this how Usman Khawaja will get his chances to get in the team in bits and pieces rather than giving him a full stretch of at least 10 ODIs?