Clarke, Pattinson to miss deciding final

March 7th, 2012 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Adelaide, March 7 (IANS) Injuries have sidelined Australian captain Michael Clarke and pacer James Pattinson for the third and deciding final 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 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 good.

“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 Herald.

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,” Clarke said.

“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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