Wed, Oct 02, 2013 - Page 18


Clarke ruled out of tour

Captain Michael Clarke was yesterday ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India this month with his long-standing back problem needing further treatment. The star batsman was picked in the initial 14-man squad last month, but the injury has failed to show as much progress as expected, with George Bailey assuming responsibilities as skipper. “Michael Clarke has a long-standing low-back injury that requires ongoing management,” team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime. Michael will therefore not be available to play the upcoming India ODI series and will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket.” Australia are due to play a seven-game series in India from Oct. 11, which will be coached by Steve Rixon while Darren Lehmann is rested. South Australia’s Callum Ferguson has been called up to replace Clarke.


Aussie issues challenge

Australian wine magnate Bob Oatley’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club have been confirmed as the Challengers of Record for the 35th America’s Cup, organizers said yesterday. Oatley and his son Sandy issued the challenge to the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) minutes after Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA beat Team New Zealand in a winner-takes-all race on San Francisco Bay last week. “We are delighted to have Hamilton Island Yacht Club and the Oatleys leading Australia back into the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000,” GGYC vice commodore and America’s Cup liaison Tom Ehman said in a statement. “Hamilton Island’s challenge was filed on the day Australia was celebrating the 30th anniversary of Australia II’s historic win in the 1983 Americas Cup off Newport, Rhode Island, which ended New York Yacht Club’s 132-year reign as the Cup’s defender.”


Rams appoint McClaren

Derby County hired former England manager Steve McClaren as their new head coach on Monday following the dismissal of Nigel Clough at the weekend. McClaren signed a three-year contract with the Championship club just 48 hours after Clough was surprisingly sacked in the aftermath of a 1-0 loss at local rivals Nottingham Forest which left the Rams seven points off the second tier play-off places. The 52-year-old’s appointment sees him return for a third spell at the club he served first as a player and then assistant to Jim Smith, who he helped to guide Derby to the Premier League in the 1995-1996 season. McClaren, who served as an assistant coach under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United from 1999 to 2001, had been working as an assistant at QPR under Harry Redknapp since the beginning of July following his sacking by Dutch club FC Twente in February.


Argentina call up Icardi

Lionel Messi’s injury has opened the international door to Inter forward Mauro Icardi, called up for the first time by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella for their last two World Cup qualifiers. Argentina, who lead the South American group and have already qualified for the 2014 finals in Brazil, host Peru in Buenos Aires on Oct. 11 and visit Uruguay in Montevideo four days later. Messi suffered a hamstring injury playing for Barcelona at UD Almeria on Saturday and is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks.