Melbourne, Mar 26: Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 6) due to lower back injury.
Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday confirmed that Clarke, who plays for Pune Warriors, will not be training and playing for the next seven to 10 weeks. Currently he is undergoing intensive rehabilitation for both back and hamstring injuries.
In a media release, Cricket Australia Chief Medical Officer A/Prof. Justin Paoloni said: "Michael Clarke had scans that confirmed his current lower back injury is an exacerbation of previous issues he has had with his spine. As always, we need to manage this carefully as there are potentially serious consequences with further aggravation. He still has pain with basic activities and is not back to full function as yet.
"He also has a hamstring injury that has been a concern for most of the summer and will complicate his return. Michael is having intensive rehabilitation for both his back and hamstring but is still 7-10 weeks away from returning to training and playing. We are confident that it will not affect his Ashes preparation but will know more over the coming weeks."
Michael's intensive rehabilitation programme will be overseen by the CA medical team and back specialists in Australia.
Clarke had missed the fourth and final Test against India in Delhi. India won the series 4-0.