Clarke out of Sri Lanka game

Mohit Singh, February 15 2012,
Captain suffers from hamstring injury
Out of the Sri Lanka game
Out of the Sri Lanka game
Australian skipper Michael Clarke will have to watch his side’s next game against Sri Lanka from the sidelines, as he is out of contention to feature in the match due to a hamstring strain sustained during the four-wicket loss to India in the Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series.

Clarke posted on his Twitter account: "I have a grade one hamstring strain so will be out of Friday's game.”

30-year-old Clarke picked up the hamstring injury while fielding against India on Sunday. Scans have revealed that the strain is not too serious and he could be available for Sunday’s match in Brisbane against India, though their team physio has not confirmed it.

Clarke’s decision to stay on the field after picking up the strain in final overs may have possibly aggravated the injury.

The middle-order batsman, who has rarely faced any injury problems, was at the heart of Australian batting yesterday against India, but was unlucky to be dismissed by Umesh Yadav off an inside edge.

With vice-captain Shane Watson absent in the team as he recovers from an injury, it will be a headache for the selectors to decide who will lead their team in the next ODI as Brad Haddin has also been rested.

Clarke has been phenomenal as the captain of the Australian team in India’s current tour of Australia. He managed a 4-0 whitewash of India in the Test series with a good technique of rotating his fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus.

The highlight of the Test series was Clarke’s triple hundred (not out) at Sydney, while a couple of long partnerships with Ricky Ponting helped the former captain to score centuries after a long time.

Whoever is selected as the stand-in captain for Australia, there is no doubt that Clarke’s influence will be missed.

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