Clarke doubtful for India ODI series, no place for Warner

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Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:24 [IST]
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Clarke doubtful for India ODI series

Melbourne, Sep 19: Australia on Thursday announced a 14-man squad to tour India for a seven-match One Day International series starting next month. Michael Clarke will lead the side (subject to fitness) while there is no place for opener David Warner.

The Australian selectors have dropped wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for Brad Haddin and spinner Fawad Ahmed for Xavier Doherty.

Before the start of the 7-match 50-over series, Australia will play a Twenty20 International against India. For that, the selectors said, squad will be picked based on the performances in the ongoing Champions League.

The T20I is in Rajkot on October 10 while the ODI series starts on October 13 in Pune. The seventh and final ODI is in Bangalore on November 2.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: "Matthew Wade has been omitted due to lack of form and has been replaced by Brad Haddin, who captured an Ashes series record of dismissals in July and August."

"As previously alluded to, Xavier Doherty has been included in the squad, in place of Fawad Ahmed, as the NSP feels that he is well suited to ODIs in India," he added.

On Clarke's fitness, he said: "After a long tour (of England) Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness. He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the NSP hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour."

Cricket Australia has also confirmed that Steve Rixon will be the Head Coach for the tour.

Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey (vice-captain), 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.


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