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Clarke out of India tour

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George Bailey to lead the team in the ODI and T20 series

Captain Michael Clarke was on Tuesday ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India this month with his long-standing back problem needing further treatment ahead of the home Ashes series against England.

The star batsman was picked in the initial 14-man squad last month but the chronic injury has failed to show as much progress as expected, with George Bailey assuming responsibilities as skipper.

Clarke has been plagued by back problems for years and it flared up again before Australia’s final ODI in Southampton last month at the end of a gruelling Ashes tour to England.

No more risks

He played in that game, but selectors are reluctant to take any more risks with Clarke given a big home summer coming up including the return Ashes series which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on November 21.

“…During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime. Michael will therefore not be available to play the upcoming India ODI series and will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket,” said team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

Australia are due to play a seven-game ODI series and one Twenty20 in India from October 10.

South Australia’s Callum Ferguson has been called up to replace Clarke with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin assuming Bailey’s previous role as vice-captain.

Selectors, meanwhile, added highly promising New South Wales batsman Nic Maddinson to their squad for the one-off T20 match.AFP

During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime. Michael will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket


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