Sydney, Australia:Captain Ricky Ponting will miss Australia's three-match, limited overs cricket series against Bangladesh starting later this month while he recovers from wrist surgery, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Michael Clarke will captain Australia in Ponting's absence for the matches scheduled for Aug.30, Sept 3 and Sept. 6 in the northern city of Darwin.
Clarke, 27, led Australia in two one-day internationals against the West Indies last month after Ponting's early return home.
"While it is disappointing not to have Ricky Ponting available, we are confident continuing his recovery and missing this series will assure Ricky is ready for the demanding cricket schedule ahead for the Australian team," chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.
"Matthew Hayden has been selected in this side subject to fitness. His progress has been monitored closely by our physiotherapist and doctor, and his overall participation in the series will be determined as we get closer to the date."
Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Ponting was making good progress.
"He is ... on track to be available for upcoming cricket," Kountouris said. "Matthew Hayden is progressing well with his rehabilitation following an Achilles tendon injury. His availability for the series will be determined over the next two weeks."
Squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Michael Hussey, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Cameron White.