Shaun Marsh has fallen so far from being Australia's preferred No.3 Test batsman that he will not be considered for selection until next summer.
And the batsman who made such a superb century on Test debut that he was thought to be Ricky Ponting's natural long-term successor may lose his national contract in the coming months.
Explaining Australia's short-term selection policy in almost brutal terms, national selector John Inverarity said Marsh had no chance of playing for the national teams in the immediate future.
He urged Marsh to consider playing county cricket this winter, though the left-hander may be too late to fill the two overseas places available at each of the 18 clubs.
"Shaun had rather a traumatic time," Inverarity said after announcing the one-day and Twenty20 squads to tour the West Indies later this month.
"He needs to rebuild himself and it's not going to happen overnight.
"He had a deep trough there and he needs to go back to interstate cricket and then during the winter months maybe the prospect of playing something in England.
"We hope he comes back as good as ever, but it's not going to be in the next month or two."
Marsh's fall has been so dramatic that he could lose his lucrative central contract, with Cricket Australia considering applying one of the main recommendations of the Argus report by cutting the number of players on retainers to 20 or even 18.
Mike Hussey remains the only WA player likely to be selected in any of the three formats in the West Indies after being named in the two limited-overs squads.
Brad Hogg, the 41-year-old spinner who made a remarkable comeback to the national T20 team this summer, was not named, though Inverarity said he would be considered for the World Cup in Sri Lanka in September.
"Brad Hogg was not considered for this tour (but) he remains in strong contention to be a member of our ICC World Twenty20 squad, which is likely to include three spin bowlers," Inverarity said.
Tasmanian captain George Bailey was named in both squads and is likely to be given experience in the one-day team to better prepare him to lead Australia at the T20 World Cup.
Paceman Mitchell Starc was not named but will travel with the squad to gain experience and appears highly likely to be included in the Test squad to be named later this month.
Fellow quick Pat Cummins has suffered a recurrence of the heel injury that ended his impressive start to his international career.
Inverarity hoped he would be fit to play several one-dayers against England in July.
"It's just taking some time to heal," he said.
"I don't know that there's anything more to it than that.
"When he bowled towards the end of last week, after that it became sore again.
"I just don't know whether it's a light, temporary setback or something a little bit more.
"We would rather that he got to full fitness in his own time without the pressure of trying to be ready for this series."
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