27 Mar 2013

Clarke out for at least seven weeks

10:57 am on 27 March 2013

The Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke will be out of the game for at least seven weeks but Cricket Australia expects him to recover from his lower back and hamstring injuries before the Ashes series against England starting in July.

Clarke missed the fourth and final test in India, where Australia suffered their first four-test whitewash in 43 years, to return home after the nagging back injury flared up in addition to a hamstring problem.

Clarke will miss next month's Indian Premier League and looks doubtful for the Champions Trophy in England in June.