Clarke ruled out of Australia's opener in CT 13

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Published: Friday, June 7, 2013, 14:49 [IST]
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Clarke ruled out of Australia's opener

London, June 7: Captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's opening Champions Trophy game against England on Saturday (June 8).

On Friday, Cricket Australia (CA) said Clarke will miss the match due to back injury.

CA's Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Michael is making steady progress in his recovery from the recent lower back injury but is yet to return to training.

"He will remain in London over the coming days to continue his rehabilitation and will not be available for the first match against England on Saturday. How he responds to the ongoing treatment will determine his availability for the match against New Zealand next Wednesday."

In Clarke's absence, George Bailey will take charge as skipper. Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand make up Group A.


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