Cricket: Michael Clarke named 'subject to fitness' for India trip
Last Updated: 19/09/13 11:34am
Michael Clarke: Struggles with a persistent back problem
Australia captain Michael Clarke is a doubt for next month's seven-match one-day international tour of India.
Clarke has been selected in a 14-man touring party but has been named 'subject to fitness' because he is due to have scans on his chronic back problem.
Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade have been left out altogether and Shaun Marsh misses out due to a hamstring injury.
And there is also no place for dynamic left-handed batsman David Warner, who was also left out of the squad for the England series.
"After a long tour, Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness."
The 32-year-old Clarke's back problem troubled him at the end of Australia's recent tour of England and, with the home Ashes series just over two months away, the selectors are keen to be careful with their key batsman.
Subject to fitness
National selector John Inverarity said: "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 NSP hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour."
Wade played in the recent one-day series win over England but has been left out for this trip due to "a lack of form", with veteran Brad Haddin preferred as wicket-keeper.
And Ahmed, who took three wickets in as many ODIs against Scotland and England, is replaced by Xavier Doherty.
All-rounder Moises Henriques, who toured India earlier this year, replaces young paceman Josh Hazlewood, who may come back into contention for the Ashes series.
Inverarity added: "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.
"Fawad bowled well with his limited opportunities in the rain-affected series (in England) and better than his figures would suggest.
"The NSP looks forward to Fawad getting plenty of bowling in the busy domestic schedule that begins at the end of this month.
"Moises Henriques has been included as a pace bowling all-rounder and will provide the required flexibility in the squad.
"Josh is progressing well and, with the injuries to James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, we anticipate that he will come into contention for Ashes selection with impressive domestic performances."
Australia squad: M Clarke (capt), G Bailey, N Coulter-Nile, X Doherty, J Faulkner, A Finch, B Haddin, M Henriques, P Hughes, M Johnson, G Maxwell, C McKay, A Voges, S Watson.