Clarke unfit for next ODI against India, Marsh suffering from back pain

Sydney: Australian captain Michael Clarke will possibly not play in Sunday's tri-series one-dayer against India as he is recuperating from hamstring injury. In his absence Ricky Ponting will be leading the team once again as he did against the Lankans. Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh is also suffering from lower-back pain and will be out of action throughout the season.

Clarke had injured his hamstring during Australia and India match last week. It is unlikely for him to be fit for Sunday's tri-series as medical staff recommended him to continue rest to recover his injury. Clarke told to a news channel that he was recovering from the hamstring strain but it was less probable to play at Brisbane.

Australian all-rounder Marsh is suffering from lower-back pain that he complained on Thursday during training session at the SCG. He was pulled out of Friday's one-day international against Sri Lanka in Sydney as a result and is not expected to be able to bowl for the remainder of the season.

After assessing him and considering his age scans were organised in Sydney last night and have confirmed the suspicions of a lower-back bone stress injury. Further scans will be done on Friday in Melbourne to determine the extent of the injury, which will help outline the period of rest required from cricket.