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Selectors have opted for the man they regard as the best gloveman in the country, Peter Nevill, in one of several major changes to the Twenty20 side.
As expected, Aaron Finch was replaced as captain by Steve Smith while selectors sprung a surprise by naming Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa - both yet to make their international T20 debuts - as their only two specialist spinners in the 15-man squad. There was no room for Test spinner Nathan Lyon.
Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile was named despite dislocating his shoulder seven weeks ago, but must prove his fitness before taking his place in the squad. He beat Shaun Tait, who was expensive against India, for the fast-through-the-air pace slot.
Finch and James Faulkner, both nursing hamstring injuries, have also been picked pending medical approval, but selectors are hopeful all three will return to competitive cricket before the Twenty20 tour of South Africa.
The major talking point will be the axing of Wade so soon after replacing Brad Haddin as Australia's preferred stumper in the limited-overs arena.
Wade's glovework has not been up to scratch this summer and selectors decided they could not risk him missing crucial chances. The Victorian had a forgettable series behind the stumps in the Test series against India in 2013, after which he lost his spot to Haddin.
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His superior credentials with the bat to Nevill in the one-day formats could not save him as selectors felt they had sufficient batting depth to play a specialist wicket-keeper.
The snub does not bode well for Wade's international future as he has now been trumped by Haddin and Nevill in the past three years. His place in the ODI side could also be in jeopardy after a summer where he has averaged only 16 in eight games and made errors with the gloves.
"We feel our batting depth in this squad is sufficient enough that we can have a specialist wicket-keeper in the squad," chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said.
"We want Australia's best wicket-keeper playing in this tournament and we consider Peter Nevill to be the best in the country right now."
Selectors have thrown Agar and Zampa in the deep end in a tournament where slow bowling is expected to play a major factor on the spin-friendly sub-continental wickets. The pair will be complemented by the part-time off-spin of Maxwell.
Although a spinner by trade, Agar was used more as a batsman by the Perth Scorchers in this summer's Big Bash. He bowled just nine overs in eight games for three wickets at 23.
The promising Zampa was preferred to the incumbent Cameron Boyce, who was unlucky not to make the final cut.
Lyon, Australia's most experienced international spinner, had been high up in selectors' plans a month ago but lost out after three expensive displays with the white ball for Australia.
In Maxwell, Zampa and Agar, selectors have an offie, leggie and left-arm finger spinner, which Marsh said gave Australia "plenty of flexibility in the slow-bowling department which is incredibly important in this format".
"Given the conditions we are likely to face in India we wanted to have a number of different spinning options available to us," Marsh said.
Marsh said the time was right for Smith to take over the Twenty20 captaincy from Finch.
"Aaron Finch has done a very good job captaining Australia in T20 cricket. He will have benefited enormously from the leadership opportunity and will remain a highly-respected leader within the Australian squad," Marsh said.
"However since he became T20 captain, there has been a broader leadership transition in Test and one-day international cricket with Michael Clarke retiring and Steve Smith assuming the captaincy in Test and one-day cricket.
"We think now is the right time for Steve to lead Australia in all three forms of the game as it offers us important continuity, not only ahead of the World T20, but beyond that tournament as well.
"Overall, we believe the squad we have selected is well-balanced and has the experience and talent required to be successful in India and help us win the World T20 title for the first time.
"We were able to look at a number of players during the BBL and the recent T20 International series against India and have selected the best short-form players available for the conditions we will encounter."
Australia, who have never won the World T20, open their campaign on March 18 against New Zealand in Dharamsala.
Squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa.
Womens' squad: Meg Lanning (c), Alex Blackwell (vc), Kristen Beams, Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.