Clarke's injury scare raises captaincy dilemma

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Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 16:21 [IST]
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Confusion over Oz captaincy

Sydney, Feb 25: Australia captain Michael Clarke's latest injury scare has left selectors in a dilemma about who will lead the side.

Australian selectors may regret the axeing of Ricky Ponting who replaced Clarke as captain in the previous two games.

No decision will be made on the Australian captain's fitness until tomorrow but he has not recovered well enough from a hamstring injury in last night loss to Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Vice-captain Shane Watson could be a likely replacement for Clarke but Watson has not played a single game in this series after suffering injury in South Africa before the summer.

Clarke has rarely missed a game but is suffering from a chronic back problem which he said is "very stiff and sore".

David Warner has been the standing captain but his selection was in doubt after poor performances with the bat.

Clarke was asked about the possibility of resting Warner against Sri Lanka.

"I don't know if he needs a rest, I'm not sure about that. He hasn't played that many one-day games, I don't think he is in a position to be asking for a rest," Clarke said.

"I guess if the selectors decide to rest him then that's a selection panel decision but for Davey, he has to keep making runs no matter what form of the game.

"I think he has only played 20 games, 15 one-day games, so he has got to keep working hard and scoring runs. He is a big player for us, that's for sure."

Australia clash with India in a do-or-die game for the visitors at the SCG tomorrow.


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