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09-Feb-2013 12:38:00 GMT
Australia v West Indies, 5th ODI, Melbourne

Australia Seek 5-0 as Clarke Rested

Melbourne: Australia seek cleansweep as captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the fifth and final one-day international against the West Indies in Melbourne on Sunday after complaining of a recurrence of the hamstring trouble that he has carried through the Australian summer.

Australia currently lead the five-match series 4-0.

Clarke's right hamstring was assessed by the team medical staff following the fourth ODI on Friday, which the home team won, and the physiotherapist has confirmed that Clarke has hamstring stiffness.

While there is no cause for alarm, the 31-year-old will not travel to Melbourne for the fifth ODI as a precaution. He will leave for Chennai for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy February 12, as planned.

Shane Watson will captain Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground while Shaun Marsh has been added to the squad and will travel to Melbourne on Saturday ahead of the match.

Chris Gayle was left out on Friday after hurting his left side during the third ODI and he will again have a fitness test on Sunday before his availability is decided. Tino Best should retain his place after bowling well at SCG, where he took the place of Kemar Roach.

Sunil Narine caused a few problems for Australia's top order in the fourth game, beating Phillip Hughes in flight and accounting for Aaron Finch with variation in pace.

Teams from:

Shane Watson (captain), Matthew Wade (wk), Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell

West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles (wk), Tino Best, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions
There were plenty of runs available in the one-day international at the MCG last month, when Australia scored 5 for 305 batting first against Sri Lanka. The forecast for Sunday in Melbourne is for a morning shower or two and a top of 23oC.

Stats and trivia

  • The teams have met in 27 ODIs at the MCG and remarkably West Indies did not lose until the 14th meeting, but have now won only one of the past 14 contests.
  • Dwayne Bravo needs two more wickets to reach 150 in ODIs. If he gets there in this game he will be the third-fastest West Indian to the milestone, behind Curtly Ambrose and Malcolm Marshall but ahead of Courtney Walsh.

Match facts
Sunday February 10, 2013 (day/night)
Start time 1420 local (0320 GMT)

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