Pacer Stuart Clarke was on Thursday ruled out (rpt out) of Australia's Test tour to South Africa after he failed to recover from an elbow injury.
Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) said it would like to give more time to Clark to recover following a surgery six weeks ago to remove bone spurs from his right elbow and therefore he will not be considered for selection for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa.
The right-arm fast bowler will also miss New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania on Thursday, which the selectors are expected to use to pick the squad for the tour of South Africa.
"The NSP has been advised that unfortunately Stuart Clark has had to withdraw from the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield match to be played tomorrow to give his elbow further time to recover following his recent surgery," NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said in a statement.
"Given the schedule of the Australian team over the next 12 months, including an Ashes series, the NSP will be taking a conservative approach in regards to the management of Stuart's recovery and his return to cricket is prudent.
"Stuart has outlined the hopes to play again for New South Wales at the end of February, a decision that will be made in close consultation with Australian and New South Wales medical staff."