Austrlian skipper Michael Clarke would not be able to participate in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2015. Coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed this.
Two Cricket World Cup 2015 matches were played on February 14 in both of whom the two hosts of the event; Australia and New Zealand, would be in action. The Kiwis would face Sri Lanka in Christ Church while Aussies would fight Ashes rival England.
Australian captain Michael Clarke was unable to play the last three Test matches of the home series against India as well as the Tri-Nation ODI series. Cricket Australia kept Clarke captain for the World Cup and has given him February 21 deadline.
Clarke participated in warm-up match against U.A.E. and opened the batting with Aaron Finch and gave his squad a great start of 123 runs including 64 runs he scored.
Addressing a press conference Coach Darren Lehmann termed Clarke’s progress extremely good and that he batted well against the U.A.E. However, he added, we intend to work on the strategy that we already planned and the Captain would only be inducted in the mega event after the full and complete recovery, he said. Clarke, thus, would not participate in the opening match against England and would give the entry in match against Bangladesh on February 21.