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Micheal clark will miss the series against pakistan 598 views
Australia Captain Michael Clarke has ruled out series ODI against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and is in doubt for the tests that follow. Clarke flew home after the recent series of three in Zimbabwe due to a lesion in the left hamstring and the physiotherapist from Australia, Alex Kountouris, confirmed on Tuesday that the problem was "significant" and tendon damage had been discovered.
If Clarke loses two test series would be a blow for Australia, given its competition in conditions of yarn and struggles as the rest of the Australia batsmen have to appear on the same surfaces. Kountouris said Clarke decision wouldn't until closer to the first test, which starts in Dubai on October 22, after a four-day preparation match in Sharjah.
"Since his return to Australia, Michael has had a series of investigations that have confirmed a significant muscle injury," Kountouris said. "It is important to highlight that analyses shows that tendon has been damaged and it will recover in few days.
"As such, not will it recover in time to be available for the ODI series in the United Arab Emirates. We hope that it will be available for the test series, but this will be suggested at a date near to the first test."
Clarke succumbed to injury in the first training session of Australia in Harare for a day against Zimbabwe and South Africa series, and sat out the first two games. However, he returned for the third game and aggravated the injury while batting, forcing him to retire hurt in 68, although he returned their tickets in the final in Australia then fought against rotation.
He also returned to the field at the end of successful prosecution of Zimbabwe while trying to avoid an embarrassing defeat, even a bowling over itself. It is not clear if the injury was aggravated by his decision to continue to play an active role in the party, but he was sent home to start his recovery little after that game.
Australia against Pakistan series begins start on October 5 in Dubai,which contain three ODIs in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Is expected that George Bailey to captain the side one day in the absence of Clarke.
Brad Haddin would be the most likely candidate to lead the test side if Clarke was also ruled out of the two tests in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Clarke has lost only once a test by injury, when his back become injure and this forced him to sit in the fourth test against the India in Delhi and Shane Watson stepped in as Captain.