Champions Trophy: Injury rules Michael Clarke out of clash against England

His availability for the remainder of the tournament would depend on his recovery. George Bailey, who led the side in the warm up games, is expected to captain the team when they begin their title defence on Saturday.

updated: June 07, 2013 14:42 IST
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London: In a blow to Australia's Champions Trophy campaign, skipper Michael Clarke was on Friday ruled out of their opening match against England tomorrow as he is yet to recover from a recurring back problem.

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Clarke had also missed out on the two warm up games due to the lower back issue. He had rushed to London to see a specialist and will remain there for a few days for rehabilitation.

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