Michael Clarke ruled out of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against New Zealand

Michael Clarke may miss the entire ICC Champions Trophy 2013 tournament as he fights to get fit ahead of the Ashes © Getty Images

Birmingham: Jun 11, 2013

Australia suffered a huge blow on Tuesday when Michael Clarke was ruled out for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against New Zealand.

According to The Age, Clarke is still in London where he is undergoing treatment from a specialist on his chronic back problem, an issue that came up again when Clarke arrived in the UK.

The report hinted that Clarke may miss the entire tournament as Australia are fighting to get him back in action for the first Ashes Test, which starts in Trent Bridge on July 10. 

A few days ago, stand-in captain George Bailey said Clarke is ‘itching’ to get back into action, adding that the senior batsman may take time to get fully fit.

“I know he’s desperate to get back,” said Bailey.

“But chatting to him yesterday [Friday] he felt like progress has been pretty slow. I know all the talk is ‘save yourself for the Ashes’, but every time I talk to him he’s desperate to get out here, get some training under his belt and then play,” Bailey was quoted as saying by AFP.

Alex Kountouris, the Cricket Australia physio was quoted by IANS,”Michael is continuing to have intensive treatment in London, and whilst he is making good progress, he has not improved sufficiently enough to play the game against New Zealand on Wednesday. We will continue to monitor his progress and determine his availability for next week’s final group game against Sri Lanka.”

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