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Michael Clarke Set For Hamstring Surgery

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke will undergo surgery on his right hamstring and may be a doubt for Australia's World Cup campaign
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Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that Michael Clarke will undergo surgery on his right hamstring tomorrow (16th December).

Clarke battled through injury during the opening Test against India and had already been ruled out of the remainder of the series.

The surgery to repair his injured right hamstring will take place in Melbourne and a timescale on his potential return to action is not yet possible.

However, given that the World Cup begins in less than two months, Australia's captain risks missing the showpiece event that his country is co-hosting along with New Zealand.

With Clarke absent, CA have already appointed Steve Smith as the new Test vice-captain and he will lead the side during the remaining three Tests against India.

Australia then play a One-Day International tri-series against indai India and England as part of their World Cup preparations.

Clarke missed the end of a recent ODI series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury and George Bailey assumed captaincy duties.

"Whilst surgery is not always required with hamstring injuries, Michael has substantial damage to a key part of the hamstring tendon and it was felt the best course of action was to surgically repair the damaged area," Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said.

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