Calcutta: Michael Clarke will lead Australia in the seven-match one day International against India, the Cricket Australia said in a statement, on Thursday. The CA also made it clear that his selection the playing XI would be subject to fitness.
“After a long tour 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 national selection panel (NSP) hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour,” selection committee chief John Inverarity said.
Australia’s tour of India begins from October 10 with a one-off T20I in Rajkot. When asked about the injury, Clarke said, “No doubt it’s quite stiff and sore. But I’ll be guided by the experts on what I need to do now to try and get myself as fit as I can be. “I would certainly like to go and continue to play. I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment.”
Australia named a 14-man squad, dropping an out-of-form Mathew Wade, pacer Josh Hazlewood and spinner Fawad Ahmed.
Pakistan-born Fawad was dropped in favour of Xavier Doherty, who the selectors feel is better suited for the Indian conditions. The selectors also chose to ignore Shaun Marsh and David Warner. Brad Haddin will be the lone wicket-keeper in the side.