Sydney - Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of next month's
one-day international series against Pakistan in the United Arab
Emirates due to a hamstring injury and is doubtful for the Test series
Australia's leading batsman, Clarke flew home from
Zimbabwe recently after aggravating his left hamstring injury during a
one-day international tournament.
"Since returning to Australia
Michael has had a series of investigations that have confirmed a
significant hamstring injury," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex
Kountouris said in an Australian Cricket Board statement 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."
selectors had named Clarke captain of the 15-man squad for the tests
and skipper of the 14-member ODI squad released last week.
one-off Twenty20 match on October 5, Australia play Pakistan in the three
one-dayers before the first test starts October 22 in Dubai.
hopeful that he will be available for the Test series but this will be
determined at a date closer to the first test," Kountouris added.