Australia in India 2013-14 October 1, 2013

Ferguson replaces Clarke in India squad


Callum Ferguson has been recalled to the Australian ODI squad for the India tour after the captain Michael Clarke formally withdrew due to his chronic back condition. Nic Maddinson has also been added to the squad for the Twenty20 match that precedes the seven 50-over matches.

ESPNcricinfo reported last month that Clarke was set to be taken out of the squad in order to ensure his back recovers fully from its most recent flare up in time for the start of the home Ashes series against England. His absence means that George Bailey will again lead the ODI team, with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as his deputy.

Alex Kountouris, the Australia team physio, said Clarke's back had been slow in responding to daily treatment since his return home from England. "Michael Clarke has a longstanding low back injury that requires ongoing management," he said. "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."

Ferguson possesses a handsome limited-overs record for Australia but has been used only sparingly since a serious knee injury curtailed a successful run in the team in 2009. The national selector John Inverarity said Ferguson had backed up those performances with a strong domestic limited-overs season in 2012-13.

"Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn't progressed enough to be available for selection," 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."

Maddinson's selection for the T20 fixture follows strong showings for Australia A on tours of the British Isles and southern Africa earlier this year. His powerful, free-swinging approach impressed national team coach Darren Lehmann in particular. "Nic showed some sparkling form on Australia A tours during the winter," Inverarity said. "He will be in strong contention to open the batting with Aaron Finch in the T20."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Chetan on October 8, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Clarke is having serious problem with his fitness in recent years.. He will be done in few years of time. and retire..

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    India favorite as alwaes......

  • Scott on October 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    @landl47, one of these guys has also scored a big test hundred and played half the test innings as the other and was dropped after a bad series after averaging 63 in his first series. Comparing FC records are comparing apples to oranges as one has played ordinary county stuff and the other in the cauldron of what was a tough shield competition when they were learning their trade! If Bairstow is a spare keeper, why does he keep getting a start at 6? Marsh is far from a journeyman, nor Ferguson, both of whom I rate better than any Englishman you'd like to select for the 6th spot you just can't fill. As for our young guys, how young do they have to be to meet your ridiculous criteria of young? Like I said, we have many mid twenties prospects who have done well in test and ODI cricket than just need a chance and a little time to get into it. Where are your young guys? Stokes, Woakes, Buttler? Laughable! Also, the avg age of Eng's test side was higher than Aus barring the last test...

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    its another series where india will take it damn seriously and opposition doesnot care type of series.i wander how many such type of series india has played in last 4 -5 years.barring the 2011 worldcup i cannot remember a single series which india has won where the opposition has taken the series seriously.i can give examples to support my fact.when india went eng and aus to play the all imp test series the result indicates everything.then eng and pak came ind and took their respecvtive series very importantly and thus the result in their favour.on the other hand ind managed to beat eng in the odi series which eng didnt give a damn about.the same occured in champions trophy.they caught eng preparing for ashes trophy and thus inspite of being the weaker team out of two india managed victorious as suddenly eng realised that winning the champions trophy will not take them any where in terms of ashes preparation so the two careless shots from ravi and morgan when eng were just cruisin

  • John on October 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @ScottStevo: 'Talent' in cricket means the ability to play successfully. Let's compare Marsh and Bairstow. Marsh is 30 years old, has a FC average of 35, 7 centuries and a test average of 27. Bairstow is 24, has a FC average of 43, 8 centuries and a test average of 30- and he's a W/K playing as a specialist batsman. I don't think he's the best batsman ever to play for England, but he's just starting his career. Marsh has been around for a long time.

    I'm not sure how you think you can win that argument. Clearly the Aussie selectors agree with me, because he isn't in the test side or even in the squad any more. He's a journeyman, as Cowans, Quiney and Ferguson are. The players who aren't journeymen are David Hussey and Rogers; it's unbelievable that DH hasn't played a test at all and Rogers only just got his chance at age 35. Unfortunately DH is 36, so the two of them aren't the answer to Aus's future needs. Aus needs some young batsmen to come through. Where are they?

  • Scott on October 3, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @Chris_P, I agree, it's very frustrating as it's clear to see that Ferguson has all the skills at his disposal, yet isn't hammering up the runs in shield. To that extent, nobody really is, nobodyis banging doors down. However, before this Ashes series some of the qualities we desperately needed for our batting line up were: not an opener, as we took 15 of them!, a genuine middle order bat. Preferably right handed for countering Swann, someone not 20-22 with experience at int'l level. Can you think of any other guys who would fit that criteria better than Ferguson? Fair enough, we took Smith - his last few shield seasons have been no better than Ferguson's, and as I said, I know who's technique I'd have said would fare better against the moving ball - and he did well for us. Personally, I can't think of anyone else I'd rather pick at the moment. Guys like Doolan, Burns & Silk have potential, but with no int'l experience in an already inexperienced line up, they're huge risks.

  • Scott on October 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Marsh had a bad series and things certainly didn't go his way, he dragged one on, got a few good ones early then in the last innings when he desperately needed a score he copped a dodgy lbw decision where he was hit way outside the line. But he also started in stunning fashion hitting 140 followed by an 80. It's tough to write a bloke off after one bad series. In fact, what was so odd was that in his previous test he made 45 and after the first test of the Indian series where he didn't make a score, he was apparently under pressure for his position. The whole thing was somewhat bizarre to me. Our media heaped pressure on this guy, I'm assuiming it was because of the expectation surrounding him. You can throw in a cheap jibe that he's a journeyman, but I'd have him in my top 6 a long time before I'd consider Bairstow. Marsh has played 7 tests, we should've supported the bloke and stuck with him. If you can't recognise that he's a talented bat, there's no point us talking cricket!

  • Narayanan on October 3, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Hey look, what John Inverarity has done is the the right thing by letting Clarke recover and by so giving Callum Ferguson and Nic Maddinson a chance to play in the squad. If they shine, they may also get a chance to play foe the Oz in the upcoming return Ashes and also by then Michael Clarke will be ready for the Gabba Test.

  • Michael on October 3, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Can't see the point of this series, so I'm quite pleased that the Australian Captain is not wasting his time with it either.

  • John on October 3, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    @Chris_P: I agree with pretty much everything you say, although I thought Stokes produced some good balls to get his 5 wickets in the last ODI. He needs to work on his accuracy and consistency, but at 22 that's almost a given. Personally I think his batting is weaker than his bowling at the moment, even though he came into the FC game as a batsman. I do think he's got all the tools, though; the last England allrounder who looked that good at 22 was Ian Botham.

    @Scott Stevo: fortunately, neither your opinion nor mine counts- we'll see what the numbers say in due course. As for Marsh- 17 test runs in 6 innings against an Indian side that was being wiped off the field? I'm not going to make that trade, thanks. As it happens, though, I agree about Carberry. I can't understand that selection at all.