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Ferguson to replace Clarke for India

UPDATED 03 October, 2013 12:23PM AEST | by Cricket Australia

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel today advises that South Australia’s Callum Ferguson will replace the injured Michael Clarke on Australia’s VB Tour of India.

In addition, the NSP has clarified the Australian squad for the T20 against India, with Nic Maddinson added to the squad.

Commenting on the changes, National Selector John Inverarity said: “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.

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

“In addition, The NSP 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 said.

Commenting on Clarke’s injury, Australian Team Physiotherapist 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,” Kountouris said.

Australian T20 squad to play India:
George Bailey (Captain) TAS
Australian ODI squad to play India:
George Bailey (Captain) TAS

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 01 October, 2013 3:26PM AEST

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