Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed captain Michael Clarke will not be selected for their World Cup opener against England on Saturday.
The 33-year-old batsman returned yesterday in a warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates and top scored with 64 runs, but it was not enough to convince Lehmann to name the three-time Allan Border medalist.
The NSW born captain missed three tests against India and the one-day tri series against India and arch rivals England with career threatening back and hamstring injuries.
There has been recent talk of keeping stand-in captain Steve Smith at the helm with the teammates reportedly being happy under the 25-year-old. He will lead them out against England due to Clarke’s ongoing absence. He is however expected to be available for their match against Bangladesh next week. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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