Shoalhaven Heads batsman Nic Maddinson has continued his rise up the Australian cricket ranks by securing a place in the national Twenty20 squad for the upcoming match against India.
Maddinson, who was part of the Sydney Sixers world championship-winning team last year, earned the call-up as Michael Clarke has been ruled out of Australia's one-day cricket tour because of persistent problems with his back.
George Bailey will take over as skipper with South Australian batsman Callum Ferguson called up to replace Clarke in the squad which departs on Saturday.
Selectors would have been reluctant to take any risks with Clarke given his long history of lower back injuries which flared again during the tour to England, and given the big home summer coming up and the return Ashes series.
"Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn't progressed enough to be available for selection," said national selector John Inverarity.
Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Clarke's injury, which troubled him during the ODI series in England, had been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime.
"Michael will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket," Kountouris said.
Ferguson's form in 50-over cricket last summer earned him his recall to the national set-up.
Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will take over as vice-captain after Bailey's promotion to tour leader.