After Australian skipper, Michael Clarke, has twisted his ankle at the training session, he is facing uncertainty to play in the final ODI match against Sri Lanka in Hobart on 23rd January. He had injured his ankle in a regulation warm-up fielding drill.
This news has come as a big blow for the Australian cricket team as opening batsman David Warner and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade had been rested for the series against Sri Lanka.
According to the Australian cricket board, Clarke went under the treatment of his ankle and his fitness would be announced later today. It is expected that he will be fit for the series decider ODI match against the touring team.
If he is announced not fit then vice-captain, George Bailey, is likely to be announced as stand-in captain in Clarke’s absence. If Bailey is made captain then for the first time he will lead Australia on his home ground.
Cricket Australia is yet to announce a player’s name to replace Clarke. It is not sure if selectors would include a standby batsman for the final match that will decide the fate of the series.
Sri Lanka is leading the 5-match ODI series 2-1 after the fourth one-day international match in Sydney was washed out on Sunday.