Clarke out of Australian World Cup opener

2:23 pm on 12 February 2015

The Australian captain, Michael Clarke, has been ruled out of their World Cup opener against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Clarke is continuing to recover from hamstring surgery two months ago and scored 64 in Australia's warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates yesterday.

The coach, Darren Lehmann, says Clarke was keen to play England but they've decided to take a more cautious approach.

He says Clarke remains on track to return for Australia's second game, against Bangladesh in Brisbane on February 21.