Clarke to miss ODI series against Windies

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Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 15:03 [IST]
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Clarke ruled out of Windies ODI series

Sydney, Mar 8: Australia skipper Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the West Indies ODI series which is scheduled to start later this month, according to a statement issued by Cricket Australia.

Clarke has been enough time to continue his treatment, while the team is leaving for the Carribean on Friday after the tri-series final on Thursday, said Cricket Australia.

Clarke did not play the third final after aggravating the injury during the second final against Sri Lanka. Despite physio Alex Kountouris' advice, he decided to play earlier than recommended to make matters worse for himself, which has ruled him out of the ODI series against West Indies from March 16-25.

"He will take part in an intensive rehabilitation programme in Sydney and we expect that he will recover in time to take part in the Test portion of the West Indies tour," Kountouris said.

There is enough time for Clarke to return for the Test series as it is scheduled to start at Barbados from April 7.

Clarke who was ruled out of three ODIs in the tri-series made a comeback earlier than expected, after suffering from a hamstring injury.

During his absence, Shane Watson will lead the side in the Carribean, CA said.


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