Clarke out of India tour
Australia captain Michael Clarke has pulled out of the one-day international tour to India due to injury - prompting question marks over his availability for the start of the Ashes series.
Clarke has once again been struck down by a chronic back complaint that has plagued him for some time, with the injury flaring up again in the ODI series victory over England.
His recovery has been slower than expected and he will miss the seven-match series in India as a result, while his participation against England Down Under must now be called into question.
Australian Team Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Michael Clarke has a long-standing low back injury that requires ongoing management.
"During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime.
"Michael will therefore not be available to play the upcoming India ODI series and will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket."
Australia finish their tour of India on November 2, with the first Ashes Test starting 19 days later in Brisbane.
With doubts still surrounding their batting in the longest form of the game, Australia's selectors will be hoping Clarke can overcome his latest setback in order to play a full role against England.
The 32-year-old has been replaced by Callum Ferguson for the India series, with George Bailey promoted to skipper the team.
National selector John Inverarity said: "Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn't progressed enough to be available for selection."
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