Cricket - Clarke an injury doubt for opener

Australia captain Michael Clarke is to head to London for specialist treatment on a lower-back injury in an effort to be ready for Saturday's Champions Trophy opener against England.

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Michael Clarke played no part in the Champions Trophy

Clarke missed the final Test of the 4-0 series defeat in India, as well as the IPL, due to back and hamstring problems.

He was not involved in Australia's first Champions Trophy warm-up against West Indies on Saturday, and the 32-year-old was also left out of the side to face India at the SWALEC Stadium today.

Cricket Australia has confirmed the skipper is a doubt for the clash with their Ashes rivals at Edgbaston.

Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Michael is still experiencing some lower back pain and as such is not fit for the warm-up against India today.

"Michael will head to London tomorrow for specialist treatment and a decision on his fitness for the next game will be made in due course."

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