Captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the limited overs leg of Australia's tour of the West Indies after scans revealed the extent of his left hamstring injury.
He strained the muscle during the second Commonwealth Bank Series final against Sri Lanka in Adelaide and will now aim to be fit for the first Test, which begins on 7th April.
"Michael’s scan yesterday has confirmed a left hamstring strain and he will not travel with the team to the West Indies," Cricket Australia (CA) physiotherapist Alex Kountouris confirmed.
"He will take part in an intensive rehabilitation program in Sydney and we expect that he will recover in time to take part in the Test portion of the West Indies tour.
"James Pattinson strained his left buttock muscle during Tuesday’s second final in Adelaide. He will have treatment in the West Indies over the next week in an attempt to be fit for the ODI series."
Pattinson will travel to the West Indies and Shane Watson will take over as captain in Clarke's absence.
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