WITH the time that he has had off lately in international cricket, Xavier Doherty admitted he was not expecting the phone call that confirmed his recall to the Australian one-day team.
But the left-arm spinner was confident he can have an impact in the seven-match series against India, which begins in Pune on October 13, saying he believes he is in a ``good place'' with his bowling.
The former George Town and Launceston tweaker was dropped for the recently completed series against England for Fawad Ahmed, and he has taken the Pakistan refugee's place for the trip to the subcontinent.
``You sit around fingers crossed and you hope things do go your way,'' the 30-year-old told The Examiner yesterday.
``I was disappointed to get dropped in the first place, considering I had done OK, but I hadn't really nailed it (my spot) down.
``I had been ``just OK'' and that's not good enough at this level, so I'm setting the bar a little bit higher and aiming to have an impact in every game I play.
``In those conditions I've bowled well in the past, so hopefully I can continue with that.''
Doherty, who had a tough time of it India in the Test series earlier this year and then was dropped after managing just one wicket in two matches at the Champions Trophy, has taken 47 wickets in 45 ODIs at an average of 34.19.
He joins fellow Tigers in George Bailey and James Faulkner, who both starred against England in the 2-1 series win, in the squad.
Tasmanian skipper Bailey, who this week entered the top 10 of the ICC's one-day batting rankings, has been placed on standby as captain for the tour due to the state of Michael Clarke's back.
``After a long tour Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness,'' national selector John Inverarity said.
``He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the NSP hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour.''
Former Tasmanian Matthew Wade has been dropped for Test vice-captain Brad Haddin.
Squad: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey (vc), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.