Clarke to miss ODI series against West Indies; Watson named captain

Michael Clarke will not leave for the Caribbean with the Australian team Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Mar 8, 2012

Australia suffered a huge blow on Thursday when captain Michael Clarke was ruled out of the ODI series against the West Indies due to a hamstring injury, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.

Clarke hopes to be fit for the three-Test match series which will be played later on the tour.

All rounder Shane Watson will replace him as captain.

“Michael’s scan yesterday has confirmed a left hamstring strain and he will not travel with the team to the West Indies,” said team physio Alex Kountouris.

“He will take part in an intensive rehabilitation programme in Sydney and we expect that he will recover in time to take part in the test portion of the West Indies tour.”