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18-Sep-2014 08:06:00 GMT
Pakistan v Australia, 2014, UAE

Hughes Replaces Injured Clarke for UAE ODIs

Sydney: Batsman Phil Hughes will replace injured captain Michael Clarke in next month's one-day series against Pakistan, Cricket Australia said Wednesday, giving him a chance to state his case for a Test recall.

Clarke was ruled out on Tuesday after scans revealed the hamstring injury that cut short his Zimbabwe tour was worse than first thought and included tendon damage.

Hughes, 25, will take his place in the three-game series in the United Arab Emirates.

Hughes had already been named in the Test squad to play Pakistan and was set to travel to the UAE earlier than his teammates to work on his batting against spin with coaching consultant and Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan.

The batsman, who has scored well for Australia A and South Australia, said it had been tough being in and out of the national side.

The three-game one-day series against Pakistan, the last for Australia before it hosts the World Cup next year, starts on October 7 with the first of two Tests not until October 22.

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