SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia captain Michael Clarke was Thursday ruled out of his country’s World Cup opener against old rivals England after battling to shake off fully his hamstring problems.
Coach Darren Lehmann confirmed that Clarke would not play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday but should feature in Australia’s second game against Bangladesh in Brisbane on February 21.
“He’s not playing Saturday,” said Lehmann. “We’re really happy with his progress. We’re going to stick with the plan and he’s going to play against Bangladesh.”
Clarke, 33, top scored with 64 opening the batting in Wednesday’s 188-run warm-up win over the United Arab Emirates in Melbourne where he also bowled two overs.