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Michael Clarke joins Pune Warriors as Yuvraj’s replacement

Australia’s Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke has been signed by Pune Warriors India for the forthcoming season of the IPL.

Michael Clarke

Clarke will replace Yuvraj Singh, who was diagnosed with lung cancer (stage-I) earlier this year and was undergoing treatment in US.

“We are thrilled to have Michael Clarke on board,” said Sushanto Roy, Managing Director, Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd.

“The reigning Australian skipper is one of the world’s best cricketers.

“His presence in the side, and cricketing proficiency, will boost the prospects of Pune Warriors India in the DLF IPL 2012.”

Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said, “Clarke was exceptional in the recent Test series against India, as batsman and captain.

“He is a very popular cricketer in India, and followers of the sport are eagerly looking forward to his participation in the DLF IPL 2012.”

The Australian players will miss the first three weeks of the IPL because of an upcoming Test series in the West Indies, but will be available for the final month of May.

Ricky Ponting dropped, Shane Watson returns to ODI squad

Cricket Australia today announced a 13-man squad for the next two matches, against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday 24 February and against India in Sydney on Sunday 26 February.

Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, has been dropped from the ODI squad for the remainder of the triangular series following a poor run of form in the first five matches.

“Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the squad due to his lack of form in the five Commonwealth Bank Series matches to date in this series,” said National Selector John Inverarity.

“The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport.

“Ricky’s record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories.

“Ricky’s contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. The example he sets in every respect and his extraordinarily positive influence in the dressing-room is acknowledged by all.

“He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this.

“Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke’s recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus.”

All-rounder Shane Watson, skipper Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris will make their returns after recovering from injury, while Mitchell Starc has been left out.

“Ryan Harris has been re-included in the squad with Mitchell Starc making way for his return,” said Inverarity.

“Mitchell will benefit greatly from the Tests and the ODIs he has played. His development as a player of the future is most encouraging.

“Shane Watson also comes back into the squad. He is an all-rounder of proven class and the NSP is keen to have him re-join the squad.”

Selectors also confirmed Matthew Wade had overtaken Brad Haddin as the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team.

“The NSP made the decision that Matthew Wade is now the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team,” said Inverarity.

“The intention at this stage is to have both Matthew and Brad Haddin in the West Indies together for the duration of the tour.”

Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson (vc), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Michael Clarke likely to miss ODI against India

Injured Australian captain Michael Clarke is unlikely to recover in time for Sunday’s tri-series one-day international against India in Brisbane.

Clarke, who injured his hamstring during the last-over loss to India in Adelaide last week, missed Friday’s match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Clarke says he’s unlikely to play in Sunday’s game at the Gabba.

“I’ve got a little hamstring strain. It’s on the mend. It’s probably unlikely I’ll be picked for Brisbane, though,” Clarke said.

“I’ve done a lot of work over the last couple of days and team physio Alex Kountouris would prefer me to rest, but I’m not far away at all.

“It’s going to be hard to watch, that’s for sure, but the boys are flying so no doubt Punter (Ricky Ponting) can come out and do a great job, as he has for a long time.”

Ricky Ponting to lead Australia against Sri Lanka

Australia have announced a 14-man squad for the next two matches of the ODI tri-series against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Friday 17 February and against India at the Gabba on Sunday 19 February.

Former captain Ricky Ponting will lead in Friday’s match against Sri Lanka in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke.

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

“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,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.

“David has been gaining valuable experience under Michael Clarke’s captaincy and now he will have the opportunity to grow his leadership skills further as vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.

“In making this decision the NSP reminded itself of the fact that Ricky Ponting led the winning Australian ICC Cricket World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007.

“The NSP appreciates the fact that Ricky is prepared to accept this responsibility in the wider interests of the team.”

Pacer Brett Lee, who suffered a broken toe in a Twenty20 match against India earlier this month, and Ben Hilfenhaus are back in the squad.

As expected Michael Hussey, who was rested from the match against India, has returned to the squad.

Fast bowler Ryan Harris has been rested.

There was no place for Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who has yet to play in the ODI tri-series.

“Michael Clarke will not be considered for the ODI in Sydney this Friday due to a low-grade hamstring strain,” Inverarity said.

“The medical staff are hopeful that Michael will be fit to play in Brisbane on Sunday and that is why he has been included in the squad.”

“Some players are showing signs of fatigue after a demanding summer in which the Australian team has played with great intensity and purpose and performed with distinction.

“The National Selection Panel (NSP) has omitted Ryan Harris for this reason and for the fact that he is carrying some minor niggles.

“The NSP has refreshed the squad with the inclusion of Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus.

“Brett is making a good recovery from his toe injury and will be given rigorous fitness tests before Friday’s ODI fixture.

“As expected Michael Hussey returns to the squad.”

All-rounder Shane Watson will play in the forthcoming Bupa Shield match to prove his fitness from a hamstring injury.

Commenting on Shane Watson, Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Shane played a Grade cricket game in Sydney on Saturday.

“He batted and bowled in that game without any issue and will be available for consideration for selection for a Bupa Shield game in Perth later this week as he continues his return from injury.”

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Ricky Ponting (captain for Friday’s ODI), David Warner (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

Australia squad for third Test

Cricket Australia has announced a 12-man squad for the third Test against India, which begins at the WACA on Friday 13 January.

James Pattinson is out of the remainder of the Test series against India after scans revealed the early signs of stress fractures in the metatarsal bone of his left foot.

New South Wales youngster Mitchell Starc has been added to the squad in place of Pattinson.

“James Pattinson has been omitted from the squad due to a foot injury and has been replaced in the XII by Mitchell Starc”, John Inverarity, the national selector, said.

“The intention of the National Selection Panel was to rest James from the Perth Test match as this young man has played in four Test matches over a period of just five weeks.”

“This intention has become a necessity after post match scans have revealed James’ foot injury.”

“The magnificent victory at the SCG has given Michael Clarke’s team considerable momentum and captured the imagination of the cricketing public of Australia.”

Queenslander Ryan Harris, who was 12th man for the Sydney Test, is the man most likely to be given a chance in place of Pattinson.

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (w/k), Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc.

Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke Press Conference

Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke’s press conference after day 3 of the second cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke, who scored a brilliant triple-century, had 334-run partnership with Michael Hussey, who scored his 16th Test ton.

Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke Press Conference

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke Press Conference & Post Match Chat

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke post match chat and press conference after day 2 of the second cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke chat to CATV

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke Press Conference

Michael Clarke says Australia will not cross the line against India

The Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team will play hard against India but will make sure they do not cross the line in the four-Test series starting on Monday.

Clarke and India’s captain MS Dhoni had made it clear that they were anxious to avoid the bad blood, which marred India’s previous Test tour of Australia four years ago.

“Both teams understand where we’re at. I think the relationship between the Australia team and India team could not be stronger,” Clarke said.

“I think there’s a lot of friendships made there and we all understand there’s a line you can go to, but there’s a line you can’t cross.

“I can guarantee you that nobody in the Australian team will cross that and if they do, there’ll be punishments from the ICC but also from Cricket Australia.

“We’ll be doing everything in our power to play some really competitive, tough cricket. But we understand and acknowledge that we won’t cross that line.”

Harbhajan Singh was initially suspended for racial abuse after clashing with Australia’s Andrew Symonds during the Sydney Test of January 2008.

Amid reports that India would go home mid-tour, Singh’s suspension was overturned, he was found guilty of abuse and given a fine. Australia eventually won the series 2-1.

Symonds and Harbhajan have since played together in the Indian Premier League. Symonds has retired from international cricket and Singh wasn’t selected for this series.

Clarke said the Twenty20 tournament had allowed players from the two countries to form close friendships.

“I think the relationship between the Australian players and the Indian players is very good and will continue to be that way,” Clarke said.

“The IPL has played a big part because you get the opportunity to play with people from all around the world.

“In saying that, I think the series out on the field will be very competitive. Both teams want to win, both have a lot to play for and in my career it’s been no different against India. It’s always been very competitive on the field, but off the field both teams get on very well.”

Dhoni said the tourists would do their best to stay on the right side of the behavioural line.

“A few individuals did make mistakes at that point in time,” he said.

“It’s something that we don’t really want to do as professional cricketers.

“There’s a lot at stake. People look up to us.

“So we’ll try to keep it controversy-free. But still it’s important to make it interesting.

“Let’s hope for the best and hopefully there will be no controversies when it comes to this series.”