Australia Rest Watson For Second ODI

Shane Watson
Shane Watson will be rested from Friday's second ODI against England in Brisbane
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Australia will rest all-rounder Shane Watson for the second One-Day International against England in Brisbane on Friday.

Watson bowled five overs without taking a wicket and then registered a two-ball duck in the opening match in Melbourne, which Australia won by six wickets.

He played all five matches in The Ashes and will now take a break ahead of the third ODI in Sydney on 19th January.

Meanwhile, Aaron Finch and James Pattinson will be allowed to play in the Big Bash Twenty20 tournament for the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday.

"As we have done with Mitchell in Melbourne, we will look to give Shane a break for the second match," head coach Darren Lehmann said.
"Both James and Aaron will play for the Renegades, neither of these players have been involved in the Ashes Series so their lead in to this ODI Series has not been as intense."

Mitchell Johnson, who took 37 wickets during the Test series, missed the match in Melbourne but is expected to return at the Gabba.

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Fixtures & Results

12th January: 1st ODI, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 270-4 beat ENG 269-7 by 6 wickets
17th January: 2nd ODI, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 301-9 beat ENG 300-8 by 1 wicket
19th January: 3rd ODI, S.C.G, Sydney
AUS 244-3 beat ENG 243-9 by 7 wickets
24th January: 4th ODI, WACA, Perth
ENG 316-8 beat AUS 259 by 57 runs
26th January: 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 217-9 beat ENG 212 by 5 runs
29th January: 1st T20I, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
AUS 213-4 beat ENG 200-9 by 13 runs
31st January: 2nd T20I, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 131-2 beat ENG 130-9 by 8 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
AUS 195-6 beat ENG 111 by 84 runs

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