Clark rushed to South Africa to bolster depleted Oz squad

April 12th, 2009 - 1:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Port Elizabeth, Apr 12 (ANI): Fast bowler Stuart Clark has been rushed to join Australia’s one-day squad in South Africa as a replacement for injured pace bowler Brett Geeves.

Clark, who missed all six Tests against South Africa this season because of an elbow injury, will arrive in Port Elizabeth before the fourth one-day international against the Proteas.

However it’s unlikely Clark, 33, will play in that match, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Clark will travel with the squad to Johannesburg on Tuesday for game five on Friday and is also heading to the United Arab Emirates for Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan starting in Dubai on April 22.

The 22-Test veteran had been due to head to England for a six-week stint with Kent starting on April 21 as preparation for the Ashes series beginning in July.

Clark was forced to quickly organise a new passport after a shock phone call from Cricket Australia.

“My original passport is still at the British consulate. I almost fell of my chair when I got the call. I had just assumed my one-day international career was in the past . . . I was just concentrating on the other forms of the game,” Clark said. (ANI)

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