"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," Cricket Australia said in a statement.
"In addition, the NSP has clarified the Australian squad for the T20 against India, with Nic Maddinson added to the squad," it said.
Commenting on the changes, National Selector John Inverarity was quoted as saying by the Cricket Australia website: "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," Inverarity said.
George Bailey will captain the ODI team in Clarke's absence while wicket keeper Brad Haddin will be the vice-captain of the side.
Commenting on Clarke's injury, Australian Team Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris was quoted as saying by the Cricket Australia website: "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.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-10-2013)