Michael Clarke to miss UAE ODIs

micAustralia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in October because of the hamstring injury he sustained during the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe. Alex Kountouris, Cricket Australia’s physiotherapist, said Clarke had a “significant hamstring injury” and scans had “demonstrated tendon damage which complicates the recovery”.

Kountouris was hopeful Clarke would recover in time for the Tests against Pakistan in the UAE, but a decision on his availability could be taken only closer to the start of the series.

Australia’s tour of the UAE begins with a Twenty20 international against Pakistan on October 5, followed by three ODIs from October 7 to 12. The first of two Tests begins on October 22.

Clarke had experienced pain in his left hamstring while warming up for the team’s first practice session on August 22 ahead of the tri-series. He then missed Australia’s first two games of the competition, returning to play Zimbabwe on August 31.

Clarke aggravated his injury while batting in that game and he retired hurt after scoring a half-century, only to resume his innings because Australia collapsed against spin. He then stayed off the field for some portion of Zimbabwe’s chase before coming out to captain the side. Australia lost that game by three wickets and Clarke flew home soon after and missed the rest of the tournament.

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