Australia Captain Ruled Out of ODIs v Pakistan!

Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of October’s one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE with a “significant” hamstring injury.

The 33-year-old batsman missed much of the recent tour of Zimbabwe, when George Bailey led the side.

Australia physio Alex Kountouris said: “The scans show tendon damage, which complicates the recovery.”

The limited-overs series starts with a Twenty20 in Dubai on 5 October, followed by three ODIs.

Pakistan v Australia (in the UAE)
5: Twenty20 international, Dubai (d/n) (17:00 BST)
7: 1st ODI, Sharjah (d/n) (11:00 BST)
10: 2nd ODI, Dubai (d/n) (11:00 BST)
12: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi (d/n) (11:00 BST)
15-18: v Pakistan A, Sharjah (07:00 BST)
22-26: 1st Test, Dubai (07:00 BST)
30-3 Nov: 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi (06:00 BST)

The sides then meet in two Tests, for which Clarke – a veteran of 105 Tests and 237 one-day internationals – will be assessed nearer the time.

It marks the start of a busy period for Australia, who play South Africa at home in three T20s and five ODIs in November.
They also welcome India for four Tests before staging a triangular one-day tournament involving England and India in January.

They then host the World Cup, with their first game against England in Melbourne on 14 February.