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Where: The Oval
When: 12.00 GMT, Monday June 17
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Australian captain Michael Clarke is almost no chance of leading his side in their must-win game against Sri Lanka in their final Champions Trophy Pool A game at The Oval.
Clarke has not taken any part in the tournament to date due to the recurrence for a chronic back injury, which has flared throughout his career.
Australian trainers are split as to whether they rush Clarke back into the side in the hope he can provide stability in the side’s top-order, something that has been lacking in recent games.
Clarke has completed back-to-back training sessions which will give the side some hope, but he is yet to face the quick bowlers in the nets or complete a fielding session without pain.
Despite the disruption of his immediate future, the David Warner-Joe Root saga and the washout against New Zealand, Clarke is confident stand-in skipper George Bailey will have the side in the right place mentally to defeat Sri Lanka.
“The other advantage is we’ve played four games of cricket now. Guys are as well prepared as they can be. The last two days have been a lot about looking at the Sri Lankan team and knowing their strengths and weaknesses,” Clarke said.
“(Then we’ll) get a final top up to get the mind right – make sure you’re full of confidence walking into the game.”
Australia must win to advance to the quarter-finals and have a hope of defending their Champions Trophy title.
Sri Lanka are coming off an excellent victory last-start, when they cruised to victory against England, winning by seven wickets.
The hero on that day was the experienced Kumar Sangakkara, who belted 134 to put England on the cusp of being eliminated from the tournament.
Despite the English belting some handy late runs, the Sri Lankan attack was also solid through the middle over, as they looked to restrict their opponents to a total of around 250.