ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Michael Clarke's back problem gives Australia selection headache

Michael Clarke missed Australia’s first warm up match against the West Indies in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 due to a back problem © Getty Images

Cardiff: Jun 4, 2013

A cloud of doubt was hovering over Australian captain Michael Clarke‘s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 as his lower back problem has flared up again which forced him to miss two warm up games.

Clarke is rushing to London to see a specialist and it remains to be seen if he recovers in time to play in their tournament-opener against England on June 8.

Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said, “Michael is still experiencing some lower back pain and as such is not fit for the warm-up game against India on Tuesday.

Michael will head to London on Wednesday for specialist treatment and a decision on his fitness for next game will be made in due course.”

George Bailey led Australia against the West Indies in the first warm-up match and also on Tuesday against India.

Clarke was also forced to miss the Delhi Test in the series against India due to the same back problem and Shane Watson had led the side.