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Michael Clarke an injury concern for Australia

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Australia captain Michael Clarke is an injury concern ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy opener against England at the weekend after he was forced to miss Tuesday's warm-up against India.

Clarke sat out of proceedings versus India in Cardiff and will visit a specialist in London to assess the extent of the damage to a back injury that has plagued the batsman for most of his career and also ruled him out of the West Indies friendly.

Australia meet England at Edgbaston on Saturday in their Champions Trophy opener and his fitness will now be judged following the outcome of his session on Wednesday.

"Michael is still experiencing some lower back pain and as such is not fit for the warm-up game against India [on Tuesday]," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

"Michael will head to London tomorrow for specialist treatment and a decision on his fitness for next game will be made in due course."

Australia suffered a humiliating defeat against India in Clarke's absence, as the side led by George Bailey crumbled to 65 all out in response to a score in excess of 300 from MS Dhoni's much fancied team.

India recovered from 55-5 to reach 308-6 from their 50 overs, with Dinesh Karthik hitting an unbeaten century batting at No.6 and Dhoni clubbing 91 from 77 balls.

Australia lost their first three wickets for only nine runs as Umesh Yadav (5-18) ripped through the top order, before finally falling to a crushing 243 run loss at Sophia Gardens.

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