Clarke suffers fractured shoulder

  • Last Updated: March 17 2014, 8:20 GMT

Australia Test captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the Sheffield Shield final because of a fractured shoulder.

Michael Clarke: Has a fractured shoulder
Michael Clarke: Has a fractured shoulder

The 32-year-old sustained a blow to the shoulder in the third Test against South Africa, in which he scored an unbeaten 161 as Australia sealed a series win over the Proteas.

Clarke, who is not a member of Australia's World Twenty20 squad, will now be unavailable to play for New South Wales against Western Australia later this week.

Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "We have ... done a series of scans that have demonstrated a fracture near his shoulder joint. We expect that this will heal with a period of rest."

Australia do not play another Test until October, when they face Pakistan in Dubai.

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