Melbourne, Sep 16: Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of next month's One Day International series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cricket Australia (CA) said today.
Clarke injured his hamstring during training prior to Australia's first ODI in the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe. Then he aggravated the problem in his first game of the series. Now, scans have revealed tendon damage in the affected area.
"Since returning to Australia Michael has had a series of investigations that have confirmed a significant hamstring injury," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Tuesday.
"Importantly, the scans have demonstrated tendon damage which complicates the recovery from this injury.
"As such, he will not recover in time to be available for the ODI series in the UAE.
"We are hopeful that he will be available for the Test series but this will be determined at a date closer to the first Test," he added.
The three-match ODI series starts in Sharjah on October 7. The first of the two Tests begins in Dubai on October 22.