Clarke, Johnson out of Australia T20 squad

Rob Quiney was included in Australia's squad for on Saturday's T20 match against New Zealand after Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have been ruled out.

updated: February 13, 2009 12:31 IST
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Left-handed batsman Rob Quiney was on Friday included in Australia's 12-member squad for on Saturday's Twenty20 international match against New Zealand after captain Michael Clarke and pacer Mitchell Johnson have been ruled out of the encounter due to injuries.

Clarke, who also missed Friday's final ODI against the Kiwis, will seat out owing to a back injury and in his absence wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin will lead the side with Cameron White as his deputy.

Johnson, however, was forced out of the match due to a niggling ankle injury.

"It's unfortunate that Michael Clarke has been forced to miss the game due to injury. Given the side leaves for South Africa the morning after the game in Sydney, there was really no alternative but to take a conservative approach to management of this minor injury," National Selection Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said in a statement.

"It does present a great opportunity for Rob Quiney to join the Australian squad. Rob has performed well in Twenty20 cricket this year, with probably the highlight being his excellent innings in the KFC Big Bash final.

"Mitchell has not been replaced in the squad as we consider a squad of twelve for the game is adequate given the bowling strength available within the group," he added.

Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the selectors decided to exclude Clarke and Johnson from tomorrow's match to prevent the duo from aggravating their injuries ahead of the team's upcoming South Africa tour.

"Michael Clarke has been experiencing back pain since the one-day game in Adelaide this week. While he's made some improvement over the last three or four days, the decision has been made to withdraw him from the Twenty20 game on Sunday in order to maximise his recovery time in advance of Australia's VB Tour of South Africa.

"Mitchell has a niggling injury to his right ankle, which has been causing him discomfort. He has received a cortisone injection and will rest the ankle in advance of the VB Tour of South Africa. He is expected to be available for selection for the first game of that tour," he added.