Adelaide, Feb 13: Australian captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the next tri-series game against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Friday after sustaining a hamstring injury during the team's four-wicket loss to India in Adelaide on Sunday.
A Cricket Australia (CA) statement issued on Monday, confirmed that Clarke would miss Friday's game and is also not a certainty for the Sunday's match against India in Brisbane.
Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Michael Clarke sustained a low grade right hamstring strain in the ODI versus in India in Adelaide on Sunday. He had scans today (Monday) that confirmed the low grade nature of the injury. He will not recover in time to play in Australia"s next on Friday in Sydney against Sri Lanka but I will assess him later this week and decide on his availability for the game in Brisbane on Sunday 19 February against India."
Clarke had also tweeted (@MClarke23) on Monday, saying: "I have a grade one hamstring strain so will be out of Fridays game vs SL but hopefully be back for Sun against India in Bris. Good news."
CA"s National Selection Panel will name the squad for the next set of tri-series matches on Tuesday. Their initial squad was announced for the first three games only.
It remains to be seen as to who will be handed over the reins in Clarke's absence. The right-hander, who took over from Ricky Ponting after the 2011 World Cup had not missed a single ODI since then. However, for the current tri-series, David Warner had been named vice-captain for the first three games.
Australia's regular vice-captain Shane Watson is yet to recover from an injury and Ponting is the senior most in the squad.