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Clarke to miss rest of SA series

Michael Clarke
Clarke experienced pain while batting at the MCG on Friday

Australia batsman Michael Clarke will miss the rest of their one-day international series with South Africa, in order to rest his injured thumb.

Clarke played through the pain to score 19 and take 1-29 in Friday's first one-dayer, which the Proteas narrowly won.

He aims to return when the ODI series with New Zealand begins on 1 February.

David Warner, who stood in for Clarke during both Twenty20 internationals, has been called up for Sunday's second ODI against South Africa in Hobart.

Team physio Alex Kountouris explained: "When Michael arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, it was evident that after one week's rest the pain in his thumb had decreased enough for him to bat at training the following day.

"However, during last night's match, he experienced pain while batting.

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"It was the first time that he had batted without an injection since suffering the injury during the [first] Test match at the Waca.

"While Michael could continue to play with pain-relieving injections, this will ultimately slow his recovery.

"As a result, it was decided that he will now rest for two weeks, after which point he will be reviewed by Cricket Australia medical staff with the plan for him to be available for the series against New Zealand.

"With an important Test series against South Africa starting in four weeks, this is the best course of action."

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch added: "This is obviously very disappointing for Michael and his presence will be sorely missed.

"However, it presents an exciting opportunity for David to follow his spectacular Twenty20 debut in the 50-over format for Australia."

Warner, 22, who scored 89 on his Twenty20 debut in Melbourne, is yet to play a first-class game but has an impressive one-day record.

He is likely to open with Shaun Marsh, with Mike Hussey reverting to his regular role in the middle order, in Sunday's game which begins on Saturday evening UK time, at 2300 GMT.


The world's three leading news agencies are not covering the series because of a dispute with Cricket Australia.

Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press have suspended all coverage of the 2008-09 season.

Their photographers and reporters did not supply material from within the ground. As a result, we cannot use pictures from the current match.

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