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Michael Clarke is set to be officially rubbed out of Australia’s first Test against India.
Cricket Australia (CA) is reportedly expected to confirm that Clarke will not be ready for opening game of the four Test series, beginning in Brisbane next Thursday.
CA was expected to confirm the news on Tuesday, however have withheld making an announcement following Phil Hughes’ horror head injury.
The skipper was told he needed to play in a two-day tour match against India in Adelaide starting on Friday to prove his fitness ahead of the clash in Brisbane.
CA ruled Clarke out of the tour match, however the 33-year-old believes he can prove his fitness by playing for Sydney grade side Western Suburbs on Saturday.
CA chief executive James Sutherland told Fairfax Media that he would speak to Clarke after being concerned that mixed messages were being sent out.
“I will speak to Michael and others who have been involved in the process to make sure I understand where these things have gone awry,” Sutherland said.
“I am concerned that there are some mixed messages coming out of Cricket Australia in the last 24 hours or so.
“I want to understand why things have fallen off the rails a bit there.”