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.................

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

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