CB Series 2011-12 February 13, 2012

Clarke out of Sri Lanka ODI

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Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, has confirmed a hamstring complaint will keep him out of Friday's triangular series match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

It will be the first ODI or Test he has missed since replacing Ricky Ponting as leader following the end of the 2011 World Cup campaign.

Clarke complained of right hamstring soreness in the field against India during Sunday night's loss at Adelaide Oval, and upon his return to Sydney underwent scans to check on the injury.

A grade one hamstring strain was located, ruling Clarke out of the team's next fixture, though he hopes not to miss more than one match.

After Friday, the squad travels to Brisbane for another meeting with India on Sunday.

His absence, at a time when he may have been due for a rest, has opened up a dilemma for the national selectors regarding who should be the stand-in captain. The official vice-captain Shane Watson is making a slow and steady recovery from his own leg muscle problems, while Brad Haddin, Clarke's deputy in the Tests against India, has been rested while Matthew Wade is given a glimpse of the wicketkeeping spot.

David Warner has served as vice-captain so far during the ODI series, a role he also fills with the national Twenty20 team, while the former captain Ricky Ponting remains a senior figure in the dressing room. Another option would be to call in George Bailey, captain of Tasmania and the T20 team, and in strong form during his state's last two fixtures against New South Wales.

Australia's team physio Alex Kountouris said Clarke's availability for the Sunday match would be determined later this week. "He will not recover in time to play in Australia's next Commonwealth Bank Series game on Friday in Sydney against Sri Lanka," Kountouris said, "but I will assess him later this week and decide on his availability for the game in Brisbane on Sunday against India."

The Australia squad for the next block of triangular series matches will be named by the national selector John Inverarity on Tuesday.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • TheMeanMachine on February 14, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    The choice is pretty easy. Mr. Cricket will come back in place of Clarke and lead the side for one game.

  • Nirjal_056 on February 14, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Respect to your most successful captain ponting.he won u two world cups.don't forget what he has done for aus.u guys should be proud of ponting.i still say he should be captain till he retires.love to see his attacking field settings and catching at 2nd slip and anywhere.................

  • on February 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    I don't think it will serve the team any good resorting back to Ponting right now, and i am all for making changes to the batting order as long as there is sense behind it, Ponting opening and Clarke at 3 is detrimental to the team, our best 2 players need to be spaced out, thats why Clarke in at 5 (like Border, & S.Waugh) in tests is a masterpiece, Im in favor of bringing in Bailey for a debut, if Forrest gets a go then why can't Bailey? Warner, Wade, Ponting, Forrest, M. Hussey(c), D. Hussey, Christian, Starc, McKay, Hilfenhaus, Doherty.

  • Usmanpak55 on February 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    come on aussies show respect to your most successful captain ponting.he won u two world cups.don't forget what he has done for aus.u guys should be proud of ponting.i still say he should be captain till he retires.love to see his attacking field settings and catching at 2nd slip.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    SL and Australia are facing the same dilemma.. SL took a step back by making Jayawardene captain. Warner should at least be given a chance, like SA did with Graeme Smith when he was not even a certainty in the squad.

  • Winsome on February 13, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    BlakeHouston, the batting order is very contingent on who is in the team. The Aus fans are so impatient to think that we have a set team when we obviously don't. The whole team is in flux, there is plenty to gain from trying out different options.

  • OzWally on February 13, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Who cares who is named Captain? India seems to do just fine with Dhoni.

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    David Warner for captain, bring back mike hussey for injured clarke and retain wade and forrest in side, and this time dont screw with the batting order, wade and warner should open then punter,clarke, mike, dave and christian

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    DAVID WARNER IS BEST HE IS VERY ROCK PLAYER

  • anaken on February 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Ricky 'Punter' Ponting should be and must be the first choice.

  • TheMeanMachine on February 14, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    The choice is pretty easy. Mr. Cricket will come back in place of Clarke and lead the side for one game.

  • Nirjal_056 on February 14, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Respect to your most successful captain ponting.he won u two world cups.don't forget what he has done for aus.u guys should be proud of ponting.i still say he should be captain till he retires.love to see his attacking field settings and catching at 2nd slip and anywhere.................

  • on February 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    I don't think it will serve the team any good resorting back to Ponting right now, and i am all for making changes to the batting order as long as there is sense behind it, Ponting opening and Clarke at 3 is detrimental to the team, our best 2 players need to be spaced out, thats why Clarke in at 5 (like Border, & S.Waugh) in tests is a masterpiece, Im in favor of bringing in Bailey for a debut, if Forrest gets a go then why can't Bailey? Warner, Wade, Ponting, Forrest, M. Hussey(c), D. Hussey, Christian, Starc, McKay, Hilfenhaus, Doherty.

  • Usmanpak55 on February 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    come on aussies show respect to your most successful captain ponting.he won u two world cups.don't forget what he has done for aus.u guys should be proud of ponting.i still say he should be captain till he retires.love to see his attacking field settings and catching at 2nd slip.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    SL and Australia are facing the same dilemma.. SL took a step back by making Jayawardene captain. Warner should at least be given a chance, like SA did with Graeme Smith when he was not even a certainty in the squad.

  • Winsome on February 13, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    BlakeHouston, the batting order is very contingent on who is in the team. The Aus fans are so impatient to think that we have a set team when we obviously don't. The whole team is in flux, there is plenty to gain from trying out different options.

  • OzWally on February 13, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Who cares who is named Captain? India seems to do just fine with Dhoni.

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    David Warner for captain, bring back mike hussey for injured clarke and retain wade and forrest in side, and this time dont screw with the batting order, wade and warner should open then punter,clarke, mike, dave and christian

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    DAVID WARNER IS BEST HE IS VERY ROCK PLAYER

  • anaken on February 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Ricky 'Punter' Ponting should be and must be the first choice.

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    undoubtedly ricky ponting should captain the side while clarke is out !

  • Dashgar on February 13, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @Gizza, are you suggesting Bailey wouldn't warrant a place in the side without his captaincy? That's rediculous since his record is superior to Forrest all forms of the game. He should have been playing for Australia 3 years ago when he was plundering runs for Australia A (as captain of them too) but Hilditch didn't like him. Under Invarerity guys like Bailey are getting the respect they deserve. I'm not saying Bailey should be captain but he should definitely be in the squad, if not the XI.

  • rapidchase88 on February 13, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Most Sr. in Aus. team is David HUSSEY, why can't he get the CAP. I think he should lead in the absence of Clarke.

  • Lovetesh on February 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Australian team don't need any captain!! They can just go out play and beat the opposition. Btw Ricky should be made stand in captain if other seniors are not there.

  • Navaneeth47 on February 13, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Bailey should be the captain. . .

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Xavier Doherty did a pretty decent job captaining Tasmania/Hobart, I would definitely be considering him as an option.

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    ricky is the best choice....

  • svengali47 on February 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Make Warner the captain and Ponting VC and bring in Mitchell Marsh. Time Andrew MacDonald or Moises Henriques, Steve Smtih or Steven O'Keefe got another run too....

  • on February 13, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @Gizza: I would normally agree with your views and stay away from such comments. But I have grown tired of Indian supporters' comments on every article so I have been going around giving them back some of their own words on a few articles. Sorry about sounding aggressive. :)

  • on February 13, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Ricky Ponting - The best captain of course

  • Gizza on February 13, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Bailey seems to be Australia's answer to Mike Bearley. A bloke who wouldn't even make it into the A team selected in the main team just for his captaincy. I guess that can work in T20 since a middle-order batsman normally faces around 5 balls in a typical innings but any format longer and you can't have 10 cricketers on the field with one "super-mind". @Sriraj G.S., don't think this is the right article to be sledging mate. And I don't know how Australia's recent team was "3rd string" apart from McKay. The other ten fully justified their spots and barring injuries are the bets Australia can put out there. Using phrases like B team and 3rd string sound like the excuses the Indian fans were dishing up during their England and West Indies series before except only 2 or 3 of their starting XI were missing! So it was 75% their main team and at the most 25% of their A team nowhere near C-Class or whatever.

  • Herath-UK on February 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Though I won't rate Clarke as good a captain as Mahela,he has shown enough qualities to bring back the Aussies to a higher pedestal after the loss of many stalwarts in the team.His loss may threaten the team to be knocked out of the final. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Hey wt about Micheal Hussey????

  • VivGilchrist on February 13, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    The answer is simple....Bailey is obviously the greatest cricket captain that has ever walked the face of the Earth so might as well bring him in to captain the team. Then he can just slip into the Test XI and captain on debut in the West Indies. By the time the Ashes comes around he can assume the mantle of captain/coach and the following summer head up CA or even the ICC.

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Bring back M Hussey simple. would be fun seeing ponting back as captain though. I would like to see M Marsh get a go and rest christian (he has been good though) would love to see Ash McDermott get a go since he is clearly the best death bowler by far in this country. out of the top fast bowlers in the big bash and also the ryobi cup he has the best economy rate. Wade should go back to open in one dayers i think

  • othello22 on February 13, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Warner? Bailey??? Yeah sure, and while we're at it, why not make Peter Forrest the VC, seeing as he's a "player for the future". What rot. Australia need a steadying influence and someone who knows the role of captain, why is there a problem with handing the captaincy back to Punter for a game or two until Clarke is fit again? He's respected in the dressing room and certainly knows what he's doing. Warner is not ready, Watson and Haddin are out of the side for now, and Bailey has never even been in the side as far as I can remember so he surely isn't even an outside chance. This is the simplest decision the selectors have had to make for years as far as I'm concerned. Ponting to captain on Friday, Clarke back on Sunday and everything returns to normal.

  • satish619chandar on February 13, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Clarke has been the steadiest of the Aussie batsman providing good platform for Hussey brothers.. He ll be missed as a leader too.. D Hussey should be the captain as he s a good thinking cricketer.. Warner needs some more nurturing.. Oh hoo.. Why not Mr.Bailey make his ODI debut as captain too?

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Ponting the King of Captains should lead the lions again..

  • Kolpak1989 on February 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Ricky should be captain while Clarke is injured. Any other choice would be nonsensical.

  • Micgyver on February 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I dont mind Bailey coming into bat but PLEASE dont make him captain!It would be at the very least,totally disrespectful to players like Warner,the Husseys and most notably Ponting who is the simply the most obvious choice seeing he had led this country for the good part of 8 years. To debut in T20 as a captain was abit out there but to debut in a One-dayer as captain would be fair dinkum ludicrous,ridiculous and downright brainless.

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    David warner must lead the side !!

  • Dev9212 on February 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    I think it will be Warner after all Arthur said that Warner is the future leader.

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Haddin back in and to skipper. Warner is not ready.

  • wix99 on February 13, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    George Bailey. He could then be in contention to be captain when making his debut in all three forms of international cricket.

  • Rajeev129 on February 13, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Yes. Punter should captain the side until either of Clarke or Watson are available. I would suggest the Inverarity to choose G.Baily to replace clarke (a perfect replacement, since Ferguson is not in good touch) then Ryan Harris be rested to make way for Hilfenhaus or Pattinson and finally to bring in Faulkner/Cutting in place of McKay until he proves that he is able to bowl Yorkers.

  • smudgeon on February 13, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    heh, I was talking about this to a friend this morning, I suggested George Bailey would be a good stand in. wonder if the selectors are willing to go there?

  • SomersetJord on February 13, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    I don't think it's a particular worry for the Aussies if I'm honest, the only thing that may be a problem is that there are a few too many to chose from. Bringing in Bailey would be stupid, it undermines people already in the team and if he isn't warranting a place on form and talent then he shouldn't be coming in as captain. If Warner is the vice captain then give him a go, he will have plenty of support from Ponting and the Hussey Brothers (who would be the obvious alternatives in my opinion). You've got plenty of leaders out there and in fairness you could probably just grab some random bloke off the street and make him captain and you'd still beat Sri Lanka at the moment...

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    has to be ricky ponting yes once again....would love to see that happen :P

  • hmmmmm... on February 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Hard to see the selectors giving it to Ponting he's recently been retired from the role (although it did look like he took over on the field not the VC when clarke was off), so I think it has to be Mr Cricket. Maybe we'll have a surprise and Watson will come back in but I doubt that he is being rushed back with more important series ahead.

  • seek.cricinfo on February 13, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    whats wrong with giving the captaincy job to Ponting? Why these kids be given a job that they have hardly an experience of.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on February 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    GIVE THE CAPTAINCY TO WADE, IT WILL BE EXCITING, SOMETHING NEW & FRESH!!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    George Bailey for captain. He's in form and more than capable of leading the side well.

  • zenboomerang on February 13, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Even though Clarke is out for a game or 2, I feel Ponting's form also needs addressing with scores of 2, 1, 6 - he is starting to look like Marsh in the Tests & just another walking wicket... Surely time to look at giving Forrest another bat & bringing back Mr Cricket & another leading State batsman - Tom Cooper, Khawaja or Steve Smith... Otherwise we will realise that CA & the selectors are just picking the team for Channel 9 & their TV ratings...

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 13, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    IT WILL NOT HAVE GREAT IMPACT ON THEIR BATTING BUT ON FIELD IT WOULD EFFECT THEM WITHOUT CLARKE........

  • chickenpoo on February 13, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    a dilemma for the national selectors? No no no, just bring back Mike Hussey. problem solved

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    India are lucky they are playing against a 3rd string side mixed with a multitude of injuries to key players as well as continuous experimentation with the future. Add to that being gifted with placid tracks like Sydney and Adelaide for the test matches. I would have loved to see them dance in Hobart but alas...luck favours the rich these days!

  • Okakaboka on February 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @dsig3......AHHHHHHH! 99.9999999999999999999999999% of Australian cricket fans do care if Haddin comes back! WE DON'T WANT HIM. Wade is both a better bat and a kabillion times better keeper!!!! Even Haddin's grade district cricket captain knows young Nevill is a better keeper.

  • getaclue on February 13, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    I think M Huss was in charge before the 07 world cup when NZ swept Aus 3-0. Let the man right his wrongs. He'd love it!

  • Dockaman on February 13, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    It's only one game. Bailey - don't be ridiculous. Make Mike Hussey captain as he's done it before for Aust in ODI's, bring in Mitch Marsh for a go and rest Christian (albeit he has been very good.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Too bad ferguson got out for two today. Perfect timing.

  • dr_malik on February 13, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    hmm.well this will certainly pave way for asians to come right back in the series...this is not a good sign for kangaroos!!!

  • Dashgar on February 13, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Would love to see Bailey in the side. He looks far more suited to the long forms of the game anyway and is at least on par with Forrest, if not ahead of him.

  • dsig3 on February 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    George Bailey? What is this guy some sort of super captain? Does his captaincy alone warrant a spot? 2 good games and he should debut and captain? If you cant make the team as a player first then you should not be playing. Ponting or Warner please. Dont mind if Haddin comes back for a hit but not as captain. He has hardly played, is obviously on the fringe of his career and has never captained Aus for any significant time. Ponting knows what to do, and if they are feeling really adventurous then give it to Warner.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I think Ponting is the main man to stand in as captain while Clarke is out

  • Dismayed on February 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    D.Hussey or M.Hussey for Captaincy Wade must stay. T.Cooper from SA or Quiney or Birt, Bailey or Reardon should or could come in for Clarke. I dont see a problem here we have plenty to choose from. We Still have S.Smith,Khawaja, S. Okeefe, Butterwoth and Faulkner Cutting, Coulter-Nile who deserve a run also.Give them a go.

  • Meety on February 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    This really is a bit of a dilemna - however, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe Mike Hussey has captained Oz in ODIs in Malaysia before the last ICC Champions Trophy. I would say Huss needs to be captain. Too early to give Warner the role, he is struggling to get runs as is.

  • chokkashokka on February 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    aww..poor baby....this captaincy business has worn out the poor guy......let the guy take a vacation.

  • anver777 on February 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    No choice, but more experienced Ponting !! he should captain the side since Warner is still in his early days !!!!!!!!

  • jmcilhinney on February 13, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I can understand that he wanted to stay on the field, particularly given the circumstances, but I do wonder whether Clarke actually made this injury worse than it needed to be by not getting off the field when he first felt the pain. He was off briefly, so I wonder whether the physio cleared him to return.

  • Stevo_ on February 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    "David Warner has served as vice-captain so far during the ODI series,"

    Seemed like Ponting ran things the other night when Clarke was off

  • Heisenburg on February 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I'm not sure about Warner, he hasn't got much experience and he hasn't been doing to well, I think it should be given to one of the Hussey bros.

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  • Heisenburg on February 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I'm not sure about Warner, he hasn't got much experience and he hasn't been doing to well, I think it should be given to one of the Hussey bros.

  • Stevo_ on February 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    "David Warner has served as vice-captain so far during the ODI series,"

    Seemed like Ponting ran things the other night when Clarke was off

  • jmcilhinney on February 13, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I can understand that he wanted to stay on the field, particularly given the circumstances, but I do wonder whether Clarke actually made this injury worse than it needed to be by not getting off the field when he first felt the pain. He was off briefly, so I wonder whether the physio cleared him to return.

  • anver777 on February 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    No choice, but more experienced Ponting !! he should captain the side since Warner is still in his early days !!!!!!!!

  • chokkashokka on February 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    aww..poor baby....this captaincy business has worn out the poor guy......let the guy take a vacation.

  • Meety on February 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    This really is a bit of a dilemna - however, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe Mike Hussey has captained Oz in ODIs in Malaysia before the last ICC Champions Trophy. I would say Huss needs to be captain. Too early to give Warner the role, he is struggling to get runs as is.

  • Dismayed on February 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    D.Hussey or M.Hussey for Captaincy Wade must stay. T.Cooper from SA or Quiney or Birt, Bailey or Reardon should or could come in for Clarke. I dont see a problem here we have plenty to choose from. We Still have S.Smith,Khawaja, S. Okeefe, Butterwoth and Faulkner Cutting, Coulter-Nile who deserve a run also.Give them a go.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I think Ponting is the main man to stand in as captain while Clarke is out

  • dsig3 on February 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    George Bailey? What is this guy some sort of super captain? Does his captaincy alone warrant a spot? 2 good games and he should debut and captain? If you cant make the team as a player first then you should not be playing. Ponting or Warner please. Dont mind if Haddin comes back for a hit but not as captain. He has hardly played, is obviously on the fringe of his career and has never captained Aus for any significant time. Ponting knows what to do, and if they are feeling really adventurous then give it to Warner.

  • Dashgar on February 13, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Would love to see Bailey in the side. He looks far more suited to the long forms of the game anyway and is at least on par with Forrest, if not ahead of him.