No final for Aussie skipper

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Australia suffered a major setback on Wednesday ahead of their third and crucial final against Sri Lanka as they will miss the services of skipper Michael Clarke and fast bowler James Pattinson in Thursday's match due to injuries.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur said Pattinson has strained a buttock muscle while diving in the field during Australia`s loss to the Sri Lankans in Tuesday`s second final in Adelaide. Clarke's left hamstring injury meant he will miss the third final at Adelaide Oval and the first part of the five-match ODI series against the West Indies in the Caribbean. According to other reports, he may not return until the first Test on April 7 in Barbados.

Pattinson will undergo some scans later in the day and so will skipper Clarke.

The danger of missing the West Indies tour, for which the team will leave on Friday, is looming large on Clarke. Arthur said the extent of Clarke`s hamstring strain remained unknown.

"It doesn`t look great for certainly the early part of the one-day series in the West Indies," Arthur told reporters.

Australia have been grappling with injuries to many key players with opener David Warner and paceman Brett Lee also among the injured list but they continued to play in the series the Zeenews Sports Bureau reported.

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  • kondebendapucheena Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:01 AM

    Advantage Sri Lanka

    Gamini Udagepola Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:06 AM

    With or without these two SL could win the match to claim the CB Trophy according to their current form and brand of cricket they play. Good Luck to SL team!.

    balu Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:40 AM

    even with these players we won. win or loose we support our team & country. a land like no other!

    gune Wednesday, 07 March 2012 11:59 AM

    may not be the truth. as they are not sure of the win in the finals.

    "JAYA WAAVAA SRI LANKA"

    JAMES Wednesday, 07 March 2012 12:25 PM

    out come same Australian victory. second ODI went to Australia
    because Pakistani umpire did not give Dilshan caught behind the wicket on Watson bowling, Dilshan was 69 then.

    willows Thursday, 08 March 2012 03:55 AM

    respect the rule???

    Kamal Prasanna Wednesday, 07 March 2012 01:14 PM

    We have 10 more players Mr. James.....

    jiffry Wednesday, 07 March 2012 01:15 PM

    Jame don talk nonsense if Dilshan would have given out we had eight more batsmen also what about the umpiring of the first finals ?

    Gentleman Wednesday, 07 March 2012 02:01 PM

    Dilshan was 77 and he was obviously out - We were in a comfortable position then. He should have "walked" when the umpire said not out....It would have an even better victory had he walked ! I would have started respecting him if he had walked.

    pgune Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:42 PM

    You weren't complaining when Chritian got the hattric due to umpiring error and almost took momentum from SL inning in a must win situation

    FUN Wednesday, 07 March 2012 03:59 PM

    Dilshan walking before umpire given out it wont never happen


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