Australia captain Michael Clarke will leave Delhi on Saturday with a bad back, a dodgy hamstring and a question mark hanging over his participation in next month's Indian Premier League (IPL).
Clarke was ruled out of Friday's fourth and final Test against India in Delhi after experiencing back soreness in the third Test in Mohali which finished on Monday.
While the Test series against India is no longer part of the 31-year-old master batsman's plans, Clarke's short-term playing future is becoming a massive issue for Cricket Australia.
A CA spokesman confirmed on Friday night to AAP that Clarke's flights had been booked for departure on Saturday back to Australia.
Clarke says he's confident of managing a chronic back problem which has affected him since the age of 17.
However a lucrative playing contract with IPL team Pune Warriors is set to take effect on April 3 in a six-week season which falls during CA players' annual leave period.
But with a busy international schedule to come including the one-day ICC Champions Trophy tournament in June followed by an Ashes tour, CA is keen to provide medical advice to Clarke as he weighs up possibly pulling out of his IPL commitments.
"Whilst there has been some slow improvement, he is still well short of full function so was unable to train and will not be available to play the fourth Test," Australia team physio Alex Kountouris said on Friday.
"The plan is for Michael to return to Sydney as soon as possible to have a series of scans and we will monitor his progress over the coming days before deciding on the best course of action.
"We will be taking the opportunity to investigate and manage his ongoing hamstring injury that has been intermittently troubling him since the Australian summer.
"A decision on his return to cricket will be made once we have evaluated the scans and considered the possible management options."
Clarke says he's yet to make a plan regarding his IPL commitments.
He says he's confident he can avoid surgery.
"I've been able to manage it this long," he said.
I don't see any reason why I can't continue to manage it for the rest of my career."
Clarke's deputy Shane Watson was named as Australia's 44th Test captain on Friday.Australia will resume on Saturday on 8-231, aiming to avoid a four-nil series defeat.
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