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Back Injury Sidelines Clarke, Ferguson Called Up

Callum Ferguson
Callum Ferguson replaces Michael Clarke in Australia's ODI squad
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Australia captain Michael Clarke has been forced to miss the One-Day International series in India due to his back injury and Callum Ferguson will replace him in the touring squad.

Twenty20 International captain George Bailey will take over captaincy of the team for the seven-match series.

Nic Maddinson has been included in the Twenty20 squad, which had not been confirmed when the initial touring squad was named.

Clarke always faced a battle to get fit for the series having struggled towards the end of the ODI series in England with back problems, which have persistently troubled him throughout his career.

His absence means that Ferguson is poised to play international cricket for the first time since April 2011.

The South Australian batsman has played 30 ODIs since his debut in February 2009 but suffered a long injury lay-off of his own following the 2009 Champions Trophy.

"Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn’t progressed enough to be available for selection," National Selector John Inverarity confirmed.

"His replacement is Callum Ferguson, whose form in 50-over cricket during the last Australian summer was impressive, scoring 271 runs at an average of 45 and a strike rate of 70 in the RYOBI CUP, along with an additional three matches for Australia A against the England Lions in February scoring 149 runs in three innings at 49.66 with a strike rate of 91.

"George Bailey will captain the ODI team in Michael’s absence. Brad Haddin will be George’s vice-captain.

"In addition, The NSP (National Selection Panel) has added Nic Maddinson to the squad for the T20 fixture. Nic showed some sparkling form on Australia A tours during the winter. He will be in strong contention to open the batting with Aaron Finch in this game," Inverarity added.

The Twenty20 International is in Rajkot on 10th October and the first ODI is in Pune on 13th October.

Australia ODI squad: George Bailey (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson

Australia T20I squad: George Bailey (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson

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