Former world champion Rachael Grinham will lead Australia's title defence at the women's world squash teams' championship in France following the dramatic walkout of disgruntled spearhead Kasey Brown.
Brown, the world No.8 and triple Commonwealth Games medallist, made herself unavailable last week due to a contract dispute with Squash Australia (SA).
Her absence prompted Squash Australia on Thursday to promote 21-year-old world No.54 Sarah Cardwell into the four-strong team also featuring the 17th-ranked Donna Urquhart and world No.50 Melody Francis.
Australia must finish inside the top four at the November 12-17 event in Nimes - as well as at the 2013 men's world teams' event in France - to retain their top-level funding from the Australian Sports Commission.
With the country's second and third-ranked men - Ryan Cuskelly and Zac Alexander - also at loggerheads with Squash Australia, the women are under added pressure to deliver in France without Brown.
"We'll have to see where we're seeded in the draw, but it's a big event and we trust that we'll put ourselves in a position after pool play to be in the medal rounds," SA boss Gary O'Donnell told AAP.
New York-based Brown opted not to renew her contract with SA because she felt it was unfair to have to attend four compulsory training camps with the national team between July and December at her own expense.
O'Donnell on Thursday countered that the camps were all scheduled immediately before or after major tournaments, including the Australian and Malaysian Opens, and before the world championships.
O'Donnell also said 27-year-old Brown had sought $15,000 in addition to the $20,000 that Australia's top five men's and women's players each receive annually under the ASC's funding program.
"Kasey requested additional funds over and above the existing 'World Class Athlete' level of funding," he said.
"All funding is determined and allocated on an equitable basis ... Squash Australia is not in a position to increase funding for one player to the detriment of another."
With Brown losing her funding, Cardwell is the financial beneficiary.
Grinham, Urquhart, Francis and the injured Lisa Camilleri are the other four receiving the maximum-level funding.
With Cuskelly and Alexander, who, like Brown, are both based in New York, also in dispute with the national body, Cameron Pilley, Rex Hedrick, Matt Karwalski, Mike Corren and Steve Finitsis are Australia's five contracted men's players.