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Bailey replaces Clarke for Sunday's ODI against India

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Sat, Feb 18, 2012 05:55 hrs
Michael Clarke

Sydney: Australian skipper Michael Clarke will miss Sunday's ODI against India in Brisbane and has been replaced by George Bailey in the 14-member squad announced by Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) Friday.

Clarke injured his hamstring in Adelaide last week and had to miss Friday's ODI clash with Sri Lanka here.

Clarke says he may not recover in time for the match against India at the Gabba.

"I've got a little hamstring strain. It's on the mend. It's probably unlikely I'll be picked for Brisbane, though," said Clarke.

"I've done a lot of work over the last couple of days and team physio Alex Kountouris would prefer me to rest but I'm not far away at all," he added.

Former captain Ricky Ponting, who led the team Friday against Sri Lanka, will be in charge against India as well.

"George Bailey has been added to the Australian squad as a standby batsman for this match in Brisbane. While it is not ideal having to take George away from the Sheffield Shield match currently underway in Hobart, we feel it is important we have sufficient batting cover in our squad," said Australian coach Mickey Arthur.

"This selection is reward for George's excellent form with Tasmania this season and recognition that the NSP consider him the next batsman in line for Australian one-day selection.

Bailey, who captained the Twenty20 squad against India, will depart for Brisbane Saturday which will allow him to play in day two of the Sheffield Shield game against Queensland.

The Australian squad for Sunday's ODI:

Ricky Ponting (captain), David Warner (vice captain), George Bailey, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.



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