Ferguson replaces Clarke for India tour

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Australia will be captained by George Bailey during the entire limited-overs tour to India this month, after Michael Clarke was forced to withdraw due to his lower back injury not healing sufficiently.

Australia will be captained by George Bailey during the entire limited-overs tour to India this month, after Michael Clarke was forced to withdraw due to his lower back injury not healing sufficiently.

The skipper was already a doubt after his chronic back problems flared up again during the tour to England, but he was included in the India squad just in case. But the matter did not resolved itself, and Callum Ferguson was called into the side.

Ferguson, who played 30 ODIs for the Aussies, last played for his country in early 2011 and has had injury issues of his own, but selectors felt he would slot into the side well.

Also called up for the one T20 game was Nic Maddinson, as batting all-rounder Adam Voges was put in doubt with back injury too. He was forced to return to Australia this week from the Champions League T20 competition.

Team physio Alex Kountouris said: "Michael Clarke has a longstanding low back injury that requires ongoing management. During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime.

"Michael will therefore not be available to play the upcoming India ODI series and will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket."

National selector John Inverarity added: "Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn't progressed enough to be available for selection.

"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."

As for Maddinson, the boss added: "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 the T20."

The one-off T20 is on 10 October in Ranchi, followed by seven ODIs around the country.

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