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Australia's Clarke may miss first West Indies test

Australia's Michael Clarke plays a shot during their tri-series one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Melbourne February 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

BRISBANE, Australia (Reuters) - Australia batsman and vice-captain Michael Clarke may miss next week’s first test against West Indies following the death of his fiancee’s father, Australian Associated Press reported on Monday.

Clarke was granted compassionate leave by Cricket Australia last week to allow him to stay at home with model Lara Bingle during her father’s illness.

Graham Bingle died from cancer on Saturday at a Sydney hospital. His funeral is due to be held later this week.

Australia play a three-day match against a Jamaica Select XI starting on Friday before the first test begins on May 22.

Simon Katich would probably replace Clarke in the test side.

Reporting by Andrew Stevens; Editing by Ed Osmond