Clarke to miss India clash

Skipper set to sit out one-dayer on Sunday

Last Updated: 17/02/12 12:02pm

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Michael Clarke: Injury problem

Michael Clarke: Injury problem

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Australia will face India in Sunday's one-day international without their skipper Michael Clarke.

The batsman injured his hamstring in Adelaide last week, forcing him to miss Friday's CB series clash with Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Clarke admitted that while he is improving, he will not recover in time for the match against India at the Gabba.

"I've got a little hamstring strain. It's on the mend. It's probably unlikely I'll be picked for Brisbane, though," he said.

"I've done a lot of work over the last couple of days and team physio Alex Kountouris would prefer me to rest but I'm not far away at all."

Clarke absence was confirmed following the defeat to Sri Lanka, with Twenty20 skipper George Bailey called up as a stand-by replacement.

"While it is not ideal having to take George away from the Sheffield Shield match currently underway in Hobart, we feel it is important we have sufficient batting cover in our squad," said Cricket Australia in statement.

Clarke will be assessed prior to the penultimate game of the group phase against Sri Lanka in Hobart next week.

Australia squad: Australia - Ricky Ponting (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), George Bailey, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jon Holland, Dave Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

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