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Clarke hurt as Oz down SA

Clarke hurt as Oz down SA
Australian captain Michael Clarke suffered a worrying recurrence of a hamstring injury as his side beat South Africa by 32 runs in the opening ODI at Perth’s WACA Ground on Friday. After being sent in to bat in the opening encounter of the five-match series, the home team posted 300 for eight from their 50 overs.

In reply, South Africa threatened a record run chase at the venue when their skipper, AB de Villiers (80) and David Miller (65) put on 126 for the fifth wicket, but ultimately fell 32 runs short and were dismissed for 268. Despite the efforts of de Villers and Miller, the South Africans were always on the back foot after losing early wickets, with paceman Mitchell Johnson (2-38) celebrating his announcement as the ICC Cricketer of the Year by claiming both Proteas openers, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, in quick succession.

Clarke reinjured his troublesome left hamstring as he made just 11 from 20 balls in the Australian innings and was immediately ruled out of taking any further part in the match.

BRIEFSCORES Aus 300 for 8 (Bailey 70, Philander 4-45) beat S Africa 268 (AB de Villiers 80, David Miller 65, Coulter-Nile 4-48) by 32 runs.
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