Ponting remains Australia captain as Clarke ruled out of ODI against India

Michael Clarke said it will be difficult to be on sidelines when so much action is happening on the field Getty Images

Sydney: Feb 17, 2012

Australian skipper Michael Clarke will miss the next tri-series ODI against India on Sunday as he is yet to recover from his hamstring injury, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Friday.

Clarke had injured his hamstring in Adelaide last week. In Clarke’s absence, Ricky Ponting will continue to lead the side.

CA physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the skipper was recovering fast but will not be able to play Sunday’s match in Brisbane.

“Michael Clarke is progressing well in his recovery from a right hamstring injury but remains unavailable for selection in Brisbane. His availability for the ODI in Hobart will be determined early next week.

Clarke, who missed Friday’s match against Sri Lanka, said it will be difficult to be on sidelines when so much action is happening on the field.

“I’ve done a lot of work over the last couple of days and physio Alex Kountouris would prefer me to rest but I’m not far away at all. It’s going to be hard to watch, that’s for sure, but the boys are flying so no doubt Punter (Ricky Ponting) can come out and do a great job, as he has for a long time,” Clarke said.

Australia have asked Tasmanian batsman George Bailey to join the squad tomorrow as a standby batsman. Victorian spinner Jon Holland will remain with the squad after joining this morning.

Australian coach and National Selection Panel member Mickey Arthur said Bailey’s consistent show has brought him to the national side.

“George Bailey has been added to the Australian squad as a standby batsman for this match in Brisbane. While it is not ideal having to take George away from the Sheffield Shield match currently underway in Hobart, we feel it is important we have sufficient batting cover in our squad.

“This selection is reward for George’s excellent form with Tasmania this season and recognition that the NSP consider him the next batsman in line for Australian one-day selection,” Arthur said.

Squad:

Ricky Ponting (c) David Warner (vc), George Bailey, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jon Holland, Dave Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc and Matthew Wade (wk). (PTI)