Australian captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's next Commonwealth Bank One-Day International series match against Sri Lanka.
He sustained a right hamstring strain during his side's four-wicket defeat to India in Adelaide and he may be sidelined for the match on 19th February against India in Brisbane as well as the match against Sri Lanka in Sydney on 17th February.
"Michael Clarke sustained a low grade right hamstring strain in the ODI versus in India in Adelaide on Sunday," Cricket Australia (CA) physiotherapist Alex Kountouris confirmed.
"He had scans today (Monday) that confirmed the low grade nature of the injury. He will not recover in time to play in Australia’s next Commonwealth Bank Series game on Friday in Sydney against Sri Lanka but I will assess him later this week and decide on his availability for the game in Brisbane on Sunday 19 February against India."
Clarke's absence from the next game has created something of a captaincy crisis for Australia. With vice-captain Shane Watson also out with injury, wicket-keeper Brad Haddin had acted as Clarke's vice-captain earlier in the summer.
Haddin, however, has since been replaced in the ODI squad by Matthew Wade, who has performed impressively since being given the gloves.
Options for CA along with recalling Haddin to lead the side would be to give David Warner - newly-appointed vice-captain to George Bailey in Twenty20 cricket - the role or ask Ricky Ponting to take over on a temporary basis.
The squad for the match against Sri Lanka is set to be named tomorrow (14th February).
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