Clarke twists ankle, doubtful for Hobart ODI

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Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:49 [IST]
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Michael Clarke doubtful for Hobart ODI

Hobart, Jan 22: Australia captain Michael Clarke suffering from a sprained ankle during a training session is a doubtful starter for the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka to be played at Hobart on Wednesday.

After the wash-out in Sydney, Australia find themselves in a must win situation as they are trailing 1-2 in the series. With Sri Lanka winning two ODIs in the series, a win on Wednesday could help them register a rare series win Australia.

Since the team's top order has been exposed by Sri Lankan seamers, the need for Clarke to lead the side was quite obvious. But the Aussie skipper would get a clear picture of the injury obly after undergoing a scan on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters at the pre-match conference, vice-captain George Bailey said Clarke had suffered the injury in a regulation warm-up fielding drill.

"He is just heading off for a scan now so hopefully that will be all clear," Bailey told reporters.

"He will obviously be given right up to the toss tomorrow to prove he is right to go.

"There will be a little bit of pain but if he is 100 per cent he will play."

If Clarke misses out, Bailey could be leading Australia for the first time at his homeground, Bellerive Oval on Wedensday.


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