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Michael Clarke doubtful for Sri Lanka ODI

Michael Clarke doubtful for Sri Lanka ODI

Australia captain Michael Clarke is set to miss out the final group game Friday against Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series ODI cricket tournament, the national selectors said Wednesday.

All-rounder Shane Watson, who himself had just come back after recovering from injury, captained the side that comfortably beat India at Sydney and will also be in charge in Friday's ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Clarke, who was forced out of the team with back and hamstring injuries, has been named in the squad against Sri Lanka and the best-of-three finals but chairman of selectors John Inverarity is not sure Clarke will be available for Friday's game.

"One of the uncertainties at the moment is still Michael Clarke's fitness. We think he's going to be okay for Friday, but we're certainly going to have a low-risk strategy," he said. "If he's 'just about right', I don't think we'll play him. But I think he'll be okay."

James Pattinson is likely to start for the Australians against Sri Lanka after returning from injury. Ryan Harris was dropped from the squad to make room for the young pacer.

The result of the final game will decide who Australia plays in the finals after India pulled off a sensational victory over Sri Lanka, chasing down a 321-run target in 37 overs. "They have the power to do that at any given time," Pattinson said about India. "They have come into a bit of form and, hopefully, they have got all their runs in the one night and don't score any more for the rest of the series."(IANS)

Posted on 2012-02-29 19:18:59
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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