Michael Clarke out of ODI series against Proteas

Skipper Michael Clarke will miss the rest of Australia’s one-day series against South Africa with a persistent hamstring injury, Cricket Australia said.

Clarke reinjured his troublesome left hamstring as he made just 11 in the Australian innings of Friday’s 32-run win over the Proteas in the series opener in Perth and took no further part in the game.

Scans yoday confirmed that Clarke would miss the remaining four ODIs against the Proteas, but no decision has been made on his availability for the opening Test against India in Brisbane, starting on December 4.

“Michael had scans today in Perth for his ongoing left hamstring problem and as a result has been ruled out of the remaining matches in the ODI series,” Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said.

“Michael will return to Sydney for further treatment and an update on his fitness for the first Test in Brisbane will be made in due course.”

Earlier, Australia coach Darren Lehmann said his team can win the World Cup if injury continues to sideline Clarke.

Clarke (33) has injured his hamstring three times since August, raising concerns about his playing prospects this southern summer season and beyond.

With the World Cup just three months away, any more setbacks could leave Clarke struggling to take part in the tournament.

“It’s never easy when you’re losing one of your best players, but that’s part and parcel of sport these days,” Lehmann said.

“Players have got to be adaptable. We’d love him there. But you can (still) win every game you play (without him).

“With the 11 that go on the field, we have full faith in winning each and every game.”

All-rounder Steve Smith will replace Clarke for tomorrow’s one-dayer against South Africa at the WACA Ground, with George Bailey to captain the side.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
47% - 8042 votes
It's four more years for Trump
53% - 9193 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.27
(-0.31)
ZAR/GBP
21.21
(-0.23)
ZAR/EUR
19.21
(+0.01)
ZAR/AUD
11.61
(-0.37)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(-0.17)
Gold
1898.99
(+0.05)
Silver
24.16
(-1.07)
Platinum
889.76
(-0.54)
Brent Crude
41.24
(0.00)
Palladium
2350.00
(-0.71)
All Share
55188.34
(-0.27)
Top 40
50550.75
(-0.28)
Financial 15
10695.78
(-0.88)
Industrial 25
74806.64
(-0.13)
Resource 10
52438.54
(-0.23)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo