ODI series: Shane Watson given three-match break as Dan Christian joins Australia squad to provide cover for the all-rounder
Watson was due to be rested for Friday's match in Brisbane but will also sit out the third and fourth One-Day Internationals in Sydney and Perth
Thursday 16 January 2014
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has been given an extended three-match break during the one-day international series against England.
The 32-year-old was due to be rested for Friday's second match in Brisbane, but will now also miss the trips to Sydney and Perth.
Dan Christian has been added to the squad to fill the gap left by Watson, who was one of Australia's Ashes winners.
"Given Shane's workload in the past 12 months we consider it would be beneficial for him to have a longer break and continue his training program at home in Sydney ahead of the final ODI and the tour of South Africa," coach Darren Lehmann said.
"Dan Christian, who has been in excellent form in recent weeks, has been added to the ODI squad to provide an all-round option in Shane's absence."
Watson was an injury doubt before the Test series, after suffering a hamstring injury in the proceeding seven-match ODI series against India
Lehmann indicated before the one-dayers against England that he would look to rest his Ashes winners at various stages.
Mitchell Johnson sat out the series-opening six-wicket win in Melbourne, but is set to return on Friday with Australia 1-0 ahead.
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 Floyd Mayweather's mouthguard costs $25,000 - enough to fly to Las Vegas and back 18 times
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns