Ponting takes over captaincy as Clarke injures hamstring

Tags: Australia v Sri Lanka 6th Match at Sydney - Feb 17, 2012, Ricky Thomas Ponting, Michael John Clarke, David Andrew Warner

Published on: Feb 14, 2012

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Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the CB Series Match against Sri Lanka on Feb 17 because of a hamstring injury.

Michael Clarke who sustained a hamstring injury during the India match at Adelaide will be missing atleast one ODI. Clarke has been ruled out of Friday’s match against Sri Lanka but is expected to return back in the team for the Sunday contest against India. Clarke has a grade one hamstring strain which may not take too long to ease out.

Michael Clarke ruled out with a hamstring injuryIn the absence of Michael Clarke, Former Skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the stand-in captain! The Selectors have decided that David Warner, the other alternative is too inexperienced for that role. According to the Australian National Selector John Inverarity - “David Warner displays considerable leadership potential, but the NSP is of the view that he should not, at this moment, have the added responsibility of captaincy thrust on him’.

Inverarity also said that “After careful consideration the NSP has asked Ricky Ponting if he would captain the Australian ODI team in Michael Clarke’s absence”.

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