Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, dropped from the one-day team last month, was included in the test squad for the tour of West Indies on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old batsman's successor Michael Clarke is expected to have recovered from a left hamstring strain, which is likely to rule him out of the limited overs matches which precede the test, to lead the side.
Left-arm spinner Michael Beer, who played his one and only test against England during the ill-fated 2010-2011 Ashes series, was a surprise inclusion alongside finger spinner Nathan Lyon.
Five fast bowlers, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Starc, will travel to the Caribbean but teenager Pat Cummins, who took 6-79 in his only test to date, was not fit enough to be considered.
Top order batsman Shaun Marsh, who struggled during India's tour over the turn of the year, has been dropped while Brad Haddin is included as one of two wicketkeepers along with Matt Wade.