Michael Clarke To Miss Pakistan ODIs

Michael Clarke takes a catch in training
Michael Clarke will miss the ODI series against Pakistan
©REUTERS / Action Images
 

Australia captain Michael Clarke has lost his fitness battle and will miss the One-Day International series against Pakistan that begins in the United Arab Emirates in early October.

He was forced to fly home from Zimbabwe after playing just one match of the recent One-Day International tri-series due to a left hamstring injury.

George Bailey took the reins in Clarke's absence and Australia went on to lose in the final against South Africa.

Further scans have revealed that the injury is more serious than first feared and he will face more time on the sidelines.

He has been immediately ruled out of the three-match ODI series and Cricket Australia (CA) are hopeful that he will be fit in time for the first Test, which starts in Dubai on 20th October.

"Since returning to Australia Michael has had a series of investigations that have confirmed a significant hamstring injury," CA physio therapist Alex Kountouris said.

"Importantly, the scans have demonstrated tendon damage which complicates the recovery from this injury."

With Clarke unavailable, Bailey, who recently relinquished the Twenty20 captaincy, can expect to lead the side again although CA are yet to confirm either a replacement player for Clarke or who will now captain the side.

Clarke has played 237 ODIs for Australia and his absence robs Australia of a huge amount of experience, as well as his particular skill in playing spin bowling.

He has also played 105 Tests, recently guiding Australia to the top of the Test rankings before South Africa regained that position.

© Cricket World 2014