Clarke down with 'Delhi belly'

Bangalore, Oct 7 (UNI) With a couple of days to go before the start of the Test series, the Australian squad had some bad news coming its way with vice-captain Michael Clarke forced to miss practice today owing to a stomach bug.

Team officials said Clarke is expected to be fully fit before the first Test starts here on Thursday.

Clarke, who scored a century on debut during Australia's previous trip to India in 2004, is expected to play a crucial role in the Test series.

The right-handed middle order batsman is one of the better players of spin bowling in the Australian team and his left-arm spin will provide much needed back-up to the inexperienced spin attack.

The 27-year-old is also one of only four Aussie players, along with skipper Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich, with previous experience of playing Test cricket in India.


Story first published: Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 16:37 [IST]
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