Australia have picked players with Indian Premier League experience in their 14-man squad for the upcoming T20 and ODI series against India. A notable omission is David Warner. Michael Clarke will lead the squad and George Bailey will be the vice-captain. Shane Watson was Clarke's deputy when the Australians toured India earlier this year. The former world champions will play seven ODIs and a T20 match between October 10 and November 2.
Australia will have a new head coach. Steve Rixon, the former New Zealand stumper, will be the team boss in the absence of Darren Lehmann, who has been given time off after the long Ashes series. Cricket Australia executive general manager team performance Pat Howard said: "As with the successful tour of the UAE last year we will have Steve Rixon acting as head coach in India. Darren (Lehmann) has been on the road and away from home for a considerable amount of time. This is a great opportunity for Darren to refresh, work with the States and provide others with opportunities." (Also read: Clarke backs David Warner to bounce back)
"This tour is very significant for the Australian cricket team as we will have the opportunity to go to number one in the ICC ODI rankings. This is all important as we build towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," Howard added.