GEORGE Bailey will captain Australia on its one-day tour of India after Michael Clarke's troublesome back ruled him out of the seven-match series.
Clarke's lower-back problems flared again in the latter stages of the one-day series in England, and had been receiving regular treatment since returning to Australia.
Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Clarke would ``require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket'', a worrying sign with the first Ashes Test only about eight weeks away.
South Australia's Callum Ferguson has been named as Clarke's replacement, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to act as Bailey's deputy.
``Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn't progressed enough to be available for selection.'' national selector John Inverarity said.
``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.''
Former South Launceston batsman Bailey will more than double the amount of times he captained his nation in 50-over cricket, having led the team six times before this trip.
The 30-year-old has scored 246 runs at an average of 41 in those matches, and he most recently had the responsibility during the Champions Trophy in England when Clarke was again absent due to his back.
Australia has won two of those matches Bailey has been in charge of, with one no-result.
Overall, the 30-year-old former South Launceston batsman has played 29 ODIs, scoring 1061 runs at an average of 46.13.
Bailey's Twenty20 squad for the one match of the tour was also revealed yesterday, with fellow Tasmanians Xavier Doherty and James Faulkner named.
Impressive young New South Welshman Nic Maddinson will get his first taste of international cricket after being included in the 13-man squad.
The Indian tour begins with that T20 at Rajkot on October 10.
ODI: George Bailey (c), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.
T20: George Bailey (capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.