Michael Clarke to return from NZ

Updated: 08 March 2010 15:39 IST

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke will return home from New Zealand for personal reasons, Cricket Australia announced on Monday.

Melbourne:

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke will return home from New Zealand for personal reasons, Cricket Australia announced on Monday.

"Michael is attending to personal, non-cricket matters and we ask on his behalf that his privacy be respected," CA general manager Michael Brown said in a statement.

It is not known at this stage how long Clarke will be away from the team, the statement said.

Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) will tomorrow consider whether to select a back-up player to join the squad in New Zealand.

The ongoing five-match ODI series is now levelled 1-1 and the third match will be held at Hamilton on Tuesday.

The two teams will also play a three-Test series, Australian squad for which is due to be announced on Tuesday.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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