Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of his side's opening ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against England tomorrow (8th June) due to his back injury.
He was forced to sit out the warm-up defeat to India while he underwent specialist assessment in London, where he will remain as George Bailey leads the side out at Edgbaston.
Clarke has struggled with back problems throughout his international career, recently spending three months on the sidelines with a combination of back and hamstring problems.
"Michael is making steady progress in his recovery from the recent lower back injury but is yet to return to training," Cricket Australia (CA) physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.
"He will remain in London over the coming days to continue his rehabilitation and will not be available for the first match against England on Saturday. How he responds to the ongoing treatment will determine his availability for the match against New Zealand next Wednesday."
Following the New Zealand match, Australia complete their group stage matches against Sri Lanka on 17th June.
Clarke, who last played an ODI in February, has played a total of 227 ODIs for his country and scored 7,375 runs at an average of 44.69 with four centuries and 54 half-centuries.
Australia are the reigning champions, having won the Champions Trophy in both 2006 and 2009.
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