Sydney: Australia on Tuesday called up paceman Doug Bollinger for the Test squad to tour the West Indies next month after Ben Hilfenhaus was ruled out with a back injury.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said Hilfenhaus had been diagnosed with a recurrence of a stress fracture to the lower back and needed a few months rest.
"Obviously, this is very disappointing for Ben," Hilditch said.
"However, given the amount of cricket facing the Australian side in all forms of the game over the next 18 months, a conservative approach to the management of his back injury is best to ensure he makes a full recovery."
Bollinger was last week included in Cricket Australia's squad of centrally contracted players for the first time and Hilditch said it was a great opportunity for the left-arm quick.
But he said Bollinger still needed to demonstrate he had recovered from a foot injury suffered during the domestic season before receiving the all-clear to tour the West Indies.
"This presents a great opportunity for Doug Bollinger who had a great season for New South Wales until injury ruled him out of the last couple of games of the season," he said.
Australia will play the first Test in the West Indies in Jamaica on May 22, moving to Antigua for the second from May 30 and the final Test in Barbados on June 12.
The tour includes one Twenty20 international and five-one dayers, although Cricket Australia has a separate squad for these games in which Bollinger is not included.