Australia to rest key players for remaining ODIs against England
Australia captain Michael Clarke (left) will miss the fourth ODI in Perth while wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been rested for both the remaining matches © Getty Images
Sydney: Jan 20, 2014
With the One-Day International (ODI) series already won, Australia announced that several stars will miss one or both of the remaining matches against England in Perth next Friday and Adelaide on Sunday.
Leading run-makers David Warner, Man-of-the-Match with 71 off 70 balls in Sunday night’s emphatic victory, and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin will skip the two matches.
National Selector John Inverarity said on Monday they would “take a well-deserved break” while captain Michael Clarke would not play in Perth.
“He will re-join the ODI squad for Adelaide, as will Shane Watson,” Inverarity said.
The injury-prone all-rounder Watson played the first one-day match in Melbourne but sat out the Brisbane and Sydney legs and will not play in Perth.
“George Bailey will captain the team in Perth and Mitchell Johnson has been appointed vice-captain for this fixture.”
Matthew Wade takes over from veteran Haddin and Steven Smith joins the squad and would likely replace Clarke in the middle-order, Inverarity said.
Despite the changes, Clarke made clear after taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the ODI series, that Australia would fight for a total 10-0 whitewash of England after the 5-0 Ashes triumph as he pushes the team to recover world number one status.
Australia squad: George Bailey, Michael Clarke (Adelaide only), Mitchell Johnson, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson (Adelaide only).