Clarke ruled out of England match
Captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's first group match of the Champions Trophy against England. Australia play their arch-rivals on Saturday, June 8th and vice-captain George Bailey is expected to lead the side in his absence. Whether Clarke will be in the remainder of the tournament is uncertain as he has been plagued with a long-standing back problem.
He will remain in London over the coming days to continue his rehabilitation and will not be available for the first match against England on Saturday. How he responds to the ongoing treatment will determine his availability for the match against New Zealand next Wednesday." With the Ashes starting next month, this news puts Australia in deep trouble as Clarke's absence will have a negative impact on the team's morale.
Kountouris also admitted that there is a possibility that Clarke may miss out on the entire Champions Trophy tournament as well.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzz