Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke will miss the first Test against the West Indies after delaying his departure to the Caribbean for family reasons, the player and officials said Friday.
Cricket Australia said Clarke will arrive in Kingston, Jamaica on May 23 -- the second day of the first Test -- after staying in Australia to be with his fiancee following the death of her father.
"I will miss the first Test and am sure the boys will serve Australia well," Clarke said in a statement, noting that he would be "ready to go" for the second Test in Antigua.
Cricket Australia's Michael Brown said: "I've spoken with Michael and he has Cricket Australia's absolute support. During this difficult time it is appropriate he spends a little more time with his fiance's family in advance of leaving for the West Indies."
Brown said that Brad Hodge, who was added to the squad to replace the batsman, would be released from duties if he was not selected for the first Test.
Australia will play the first Test in the West Indies in Jamaica starting May 22, moving to Antigua for the second from May 30 and the final Test in Barbados on June 12.
The tour will also include one Twenty20 international and five one-dayers.