Phil Hughes as forced his way back into national reckoning after good show in domestic circuit    Getty Images
Phil Hughes as forced his way back into national reckoning after good show in domestic circuit Getty Images

Sep 16, 2014

Left-handed opening batsman Phil Hughes was on Wednesday named replacement for injured Australian captain Michael Clarke for the One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Cricket Australia (CA) made the announcement on Twitter regarding Clarke’s replacement, as the right-handed batsman and captain was ruled out due to hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Clarke is expected to play the Test series. According to IANS, there were fears that Clarke s hamstring injury was tendon-related, but according to Sydney Morning Herald, the injury is not as serious as earlier feared.

It is highly unlikely that Clarke will take part in the ODI series which starts October 7 in Sharjah but could play in the four-day game against Pakistan A starting Oct 15.

You can t be confident about Michael, but he has only missed one game in over 100 (Tests). He is doing intensive rehabilitation work in Sydney, but has not yet started running or batting, Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh had said last week while announcing the squads for the UAE tour. The Australian captain is expected to travel with the ODI team as scheduled.