David Warner and Pat Cummins have been ruled-out for the remaining white-ball games against India.
The duo will mis one One-Day International and the three T20’s remaining ahead of the highly anticipated test series.
D’Arcy Short has joined the T20 squad in place of Warner ahead of Wednesday’s third ODI in Canberra, while Cummins’ spot in the squad will not be filled.
Warner suffered a groin strain during Australia’s ODI series clinching win on Sunday night and faces a race against the clock to be fit for the first test on December 17.
“Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test series,” said coach Justin Langer.
“Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat’s case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer.
“The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test series we have played in recent years, especially with World Test Championship points up for grabs.”
The duo join all-rounder Marcus Stoinis on the injury list after he suffered a side strain whilst bowling in the first ODI.
Stoinis will remain with the squad in the hope of playing as a specialist batsmen at some point before the red ball comes into play.
Australian captain Aaron Finch believes Short has the tools to come in and replace Warner.
“There’s been a bit of a shift there (towards seeing himself as an allrounder),” Short told cricket.com.au last month. “Not wanting to take away from my batting, but just adding another string to what I can do.
“Especially the last couple of years I’ve been a little more consistent with my bowling, and the last four to five months actually working on my bowling and showing I can be a lot more consistent and creative with my bowling (has been beneficial).
“I’ve been bowling a lot more during the pre-season. COVID has forced me to stay home – it’s been a bit of a blessing, getting the chance to really work on my bowling which I haven’t been able to do (extensively) for four or five years.”
The third ODI is on Wednesday December 2 while the T20 series begins on Friday December 4.