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Australia captain Michael Clarke out of triangular series opener with hamstring injury

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HARARE, Zimbabwe - Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the triangular one-day series opener against Zimbabwe on Monday with a hamstring injury.

Coach Darren Lehmann said Clarke failed to come through a Sunday fitness test "well enough" to be available. George Bailey will lead the team in Clarke's absence.

Australia also decided to leave out in-form batsman Phil Hughes for the first game against the host at Harare Sports Club. Bailey, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin and Glenn Maxwell will form the spine of Australia's batting lineup. Spinner Nathan Lyon and allrounders Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith were also selected.

Lehmann said Clarke would have intensive treatment and could be fit for Australia's second game of the series against South Africa on Wednesday.

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