x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Hamstring injury rules Michael Clarke out of Sri Lanka game

The Australia captain hopeful of being fit for the one-day game with India after being forced to sit out of Friday's game.

Michael Clarke will be a spectator for Australia's one-day match with Sri Lanka.
Michael Clarke will be a spectator for Australia's one-day match with Sri Lanka.

Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, will miss Friday's tri-series one-day international against Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury.

Clarke strained his right hamstring while fielding during Australia's four-wicket ODI loss to India in Adelaide on Sunday.

The Australia skipper said scans revealed that the injury was not too serious.

"I have a grade one hamstring strain so will be out of Friday's game," Clarke posted on Twitter.

Australia will name a replacement captain tomorrow for the Sydney ODI against Sri Lanka, with wicketkeeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin and ex-skipper Ricky Ponting in the frame.

Regular vice-captain Shane Watson only returned to club cricket last weekend after a six-week absence with a calf injury.

While Clarke said he hoped to return for Sunday's game against India in Brisbane, team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris was non-committal.

"(He) sustained a low grade right hamstring strain," Kountouris said in a statement from Cricket Australia.

"I will assess him later this week and decide on his availability for the game in Brisbane on Sunday."

Selectors face several decisions in choosing their next one-day squad, with Clarke's injury and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's future key discussion points.

Haddin missed Australia's initial three matches of the tri-series, with selectors saying he was rested as Matthew Wade took his spot.

Australia's batting line-up also faces scrutiny with newcomer Peter Forrest making 66 on debut in Sunday's defeat by India to bolster his chances of remaining in the squad.

"I know the selectors are meeting today so I'll be sitting by my phone tomorrow (Tuesday) hoping to get a call," Forrest said.

"Yesterday was a great day and one I'm not going to forget.

"It was nice to contribute but it would have been a lot nicer had I got 80 plus or a hundred and got the side to a win."