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Aussies grapple injuries for India one-day series

MICHAEL Clarke and Callum Ferguson will be missing from Australia's Champions Trophy-winning one-day squad when it visits India for seven limited-overs internationals later this month.

Australia beat New Zealand by six wickets in South Africa on Monday to become the first team to retain the Champions Trophy title. Vice-captain Clarke was sent home from that series with back soreness, while veteran paceman Nathan Bracken (knee) and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (broken finger) were also sidelined.

Young batsman Ferguson picked up a knee injury during the series and will receive treatment in Australia.

All four were missing when the squad for the India series was announced yesterday, making room for 22-year-old left-arm spinner Jon Holland to gain his first selection and a recall for Shaun Marsh.

Ricky Ponting will be captain and Mike Hussey his deputy for the series, which starts on October 25 at Vadodara and finishes on November 11 in Mumbai.

Tim Paine, who stood in for Haddin as wicketkeeper after Australia lost the Ashes test series in England, held his place in the squad on the back of some solid ODI performances in the 6-1 series win over the English, then the Champions Trophy.

Selectors are "delighted with Australia's recent success at the ICC Champions Trophy, which came off the back of a very solid ODI series performance in England," selection committee chairman Andrew Hilditch said in a statement. "To reclaim our No. 1 world ranking was recognition of this squad's recent achievements but we recognize we have to continue to improve."


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