New Delhi: Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja was on Tuesday included in Australia's ODI squad for the on-going series against India as swashbuckling opener David Warner went on paternity leave.
At this stage, top-order batsman Khawaja will remain for the 2nd and 3rd ODIs of the five-game series, which are scheduled to be played at Gabba (on January 15) and MCG (January 17), respectively.
National selector Rod Marsh said Warner, whose wife is expecting the couple's second child, would be welcomed back into the squad when circumstances allow.
"We wish both David and Candice (Warner's wife) well and look forward to welcoming David back into the squad when circumstances allow," Marsh said.
Commenting on Khawaja's call-up, Marsh said: "This call-up is a reward for that form and it is great to have someone of his quality to step into the squad in David's absence."
Australia started the series on a positive note by winning the first ODI against India by five wickets at the WACA.
Veteran batsman George Bailey and skipper Steven Smith both slammed centuries and helped hosts to win the series opener.