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Former India captain Rahul Dravid has questioned the decision to include the injured Michael Clarke in Australia’s World Cup squad, labelling it “un-Australian.”
Dravid suggested that the Australians would be better off without their skipper and said he hoped the decision was not based on what Clarke has done for the side in the past.
“I just hope it is not an emotional decision,” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.
“You just felt they had to take this decision. It’s almost a very un-Australian decision.
“We’ve seen the Australian selectors take some very emotional decisions especially with Michael Clarke. Even with the decision to allow him to play in the Test match, you can understand that.
“That can be distracting to the rest of the rest of the squad. How they manage that environment and everything around that will be their biggest challenge in the lead up to the World Cup.”
Clarke has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the opening Test against India in Adelaide in early December.
Australia opens its World Cup campaign against England on February 14 at the MCG.