Australian selectors have included captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson in October's seven-match one-day series in India, while the high-profile trio of David Warner, Matthew Wade and Fawad Ahmed were omitted. Australia named a 14-man squad that also includes Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, James Faulkner and Phil Hughes, who will all be pushing their case to play in the opening Ashes test at Brisbane's Gabba in November. The India tour opens with a Twenty20 match on Oct. 10.
Clarke was troubled by back problems throughout Australia's recent Ashes tour of England and said he was "stiff and sore" following the three-month trip. Watson was also hampered by hip and groin injuries. "After a long tour, Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness," national selector John Inverarity said in a statement. Australia lost the Ashes test series 3-0 but won the weather-affected one-day series 2-1 against England.
Warner, dropped from the one-day portion of the Ashes series due to poor form, has failed to earn a recall, while Wade, who scored 0 and 30 in his only ODI innings in England, was also dropped. The experienced Brad Haddin will take his place on the squad going to India. He has also replaced Wade on the test team. Pakistan-born Ahmed, who made his international debut in the England one-day series after being granted fast-tracked Australian citizenship, was replaced by Xavier Doherty, who is the only specialist spinner in the squad.
Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.