Bailey to captain Australia in second ODI

"It's never easy when you're losing one of your best players but that's part of sport these days"

“It’s never easy when you’re losing one of your best players but that’s part of sport these days”

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George Bailey will captain Australia in the second ODI against South Africa after regular skipper Michael Clarke re-injured his hamstring in the first ODI.

Bailey led Australia for the majority of the first ODI as well since Clarke did not return to the field after he was caught behind off the bowling of Dale Steyn for 11.

It has been revealed that Clarke will visit a specialist after undergoing scans earlier today.

“It’s never easy when you’re losing one of your best players but that’s part of sport these days,” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said. “We’d love him there. But with the 11 that go on the field, we have full faith in winning each and every game.”

Lehmann also confirmed that batsman Steven Smith will take Clarke’s spot on the roster for the second ODI, which will be held in Perth on November 16.

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