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Clarke a doubt for India tour

Australia captain Michael Clarke could miss next month's seven-match one-day international tour of India after he was on named in the squad "subject to fitness".

Clarke was selected in a 14-man touring party that does not include Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed or wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Ahmed made his international debut during the recent limited-over series against England - just two months after his citizenship was fast-tracked to allow him to appear for his country - but is replaced by Xavier Doherty.

Wade is the other notable absentee from the England series due to "a lack of form" with veteran Brad Haddin preferred behind the stumps.

Shaun Marsh is the only player to miss out through injury, after he hurt a hamstring in the fourth game against England at Cardiff, but he could yet be joined on the sidelines by Clarke.

The 32-year-old is due to have scans on his chronic back problem after landing back in Sydney yesterday night.

Xavier Doherty has been recalled to the side for the seven-match tour with the surfaces in India expected to suit his left-arm spin

The problem flared at the end of the NatWest Series against England and Australia will keep close tabs on his fitness with the return Ashes series just over two months away.

"After a long tour Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness," said national selector John Inverarity.

"He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the NSP hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour."

Fawad's exclusion comes after he managed three wickets in as many ODIs against Scotland and England.

Inverarity said Doherty had been brought back because he is "well suited to ODIs in India" and while left out the door was left open for an Ahmed recall during the Ashes winter.

"Xavier Doherty has been included in the squad, in place of Fawad Ahmed, as the NSP feels that he is well suited to ODIs in India," he said.

"Fawad bowled well with his limited opportunities in the rain-affected series and better than his figures would suggest.

"The NSP looks forward to Fawad getting plenty of bowling in the busy domestic schedule that begins at the end of this month."

All-rounder Moises Henriques, who toured India earlier this year, replaces young quick Josh Hazlewood with Inverarity suggesting injuries to Australia's paceman had forced them to keep him in cotton wool ahead of the Ashes.

"There will be a reduced need for pace bowling on this tour so the NSP has reduced the squad from 15 to 14 players and Josh Hazlewood has been omitted," he said.

"Moises Henriques has been included as a pace bowling all-rounder and will provide the required flexibility in the squad.

"Josh is progressing well and with the injuries to James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc we anticipate that he will come into contention for Ashes selection with impressive domestic performances."

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, 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.

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