TASMANIAN spinner Xavier Doherty has been axed from the national one day and Twenty20 squads, with selectors promoting leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed for his Australian debut for the latest limited overs component of the tour of the UK.
The 30-year-old left-arm spinner from George Town has paid the price for an unsuccessful Champions Trophy campaign.
He was overlooked for the opening game against England, and subsequently managed just one wicket from his two matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka at an average of 34 from just 11 overs.
Speaking today, national selector John Inverarity said that while Doherty would be disappointed ``He remains in strong contention for selection for the tour of India in October.''
Fellow Northern duo in T20 skipper and ODI vice-captain George Bailey and James Faulkner have been included.
As well Pakistan-born Ahmed, who was the second highest wicket-taker on Australia A's tour of South Africa, the slow bowling responsibilities will fall to Glenn Maxwell's off-spinner, Steve Smith's leg-spin and Adam Voges's left-armers.
Other notable inclusions in the squad are batsmen Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch and paceman Josh Hazlewood.
Selectors have named an 18-man squad, which will be trimmed following the two T20s against England, which will be played on August 29 and August 31.
There will also be five ODIs against England and an ODI against Scotland as part of the tour.
Australian squad: Michael Clarke (ODI captain), George Bailey (ODI vice-captain/T20 captain), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.