Injuries have sidelined Australian captain Michael Clarke and pacer
James Pattinson for the third and deciding final on Thursday of the
Commonwealth Bank tri-series against Sri Lanka and the early part of the
West Indies tour.
Clarke tore his left hamstring in his brilliant century against the
Lankans in the second final on Tuesday. Australia were thrashed by eight
wickets and the missing Clarke will be huge blow for the home-side.
Pattinson, who came back against the Lankans nthe final group game, will
be out with a strained buttock muscle.
Australian coach Mickey Arthur confirmed Clarke's injury was not looking
"It doesn't look great for certainly the early part of the one-day series
in the West Indies," Arthur was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning
Veteran batsman Clarke will miss the first segment of the five match,
one-day series against the West Indies in the Caribbean starting March 16
in St. Vincent.
"I have done something to my left hamstring, I don't know to what extent,"
"But it's obviously not feeling good at the moment, that is for sure."
"We leave for West Indies in three days, I don't want to make a judgment
until I make a scan, I think I would be silly to do that."
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