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.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has been forced to miss his side's final warm-up match ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 due to a recurrence of his lower back injury.
It is an injury that has troubled him throughout his career and after watching his team-mates take on India in Cardiff, Clarke will head to London for specialist treatment.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has paid tribute to Sri Lanka's bowlers after his side was dismissed for 74 in the third One-Day International in Brisbane.
Nevertheless, he has offered no defence for his batsmen after no top-order player could even reach double figures as Australia lurched to a four-wicket defeat that puts them 2-1 down in the five-match series.
A panel of distinguished former cricketers have chosen Michael Clarke to lead the ICC's Test team of the year. South Africa's Dale Steyn is included as the leader of the bowling attack for the fifth successive year, while his countrymen Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis are included for the third year in a row, as is Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara.
Australia Test and One-Day International captain Michael Clarke is set to make his Indian Premier League debut having signed for the Pune Warriors.
Clarke, who has retired from Twenty20 International cricket, joins the Pune squad just one week before the fifth edition of the tournament gets underway.
With the last three Cricket World Player of the Week awards going to bowlers, it was only going to be a matter of time before the batsmen fought back, and they certainly did so last week.
Michael Clarke, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (160 not out), Mike Hussey (150 not out), Ricky Ponting (134), Thilan Samaraweera (115 not out) and Alviro Petersen (109) all reached three figures.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he scored a century in leaing his side to a 60-run win over Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Having taken over the reigns from Ricky Ponting, Clarke led by example and asserted himself on the opening One-Day International with a fine innings of 101 in 111 balls.