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Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month after failing to sufficiently recover from his hamstring injury.
Clarke initially injured his hamstring during a training session in Harare and aggravated the injury during Australia’s humiliating loss to Zimbabwe during the recently concluded ODI tri-series.
After returning home early from the tri-series, Clarke underwent scans which revealed tendon damage in his hamstring.
“Since returning to Australia Michael has had a series of investigations that have confirmed a significant hamstring injury,” Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris. “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. We are hopeful that he will be available for the Test series but this will be determined at a date closer to the first Test.”