Broad To Be Rested For First Two ODIs
England have confirmed that Stuart Broad will be rested from the first two One-Day Internationals against Australia in Melbourne and Brisbane.
The series gets underway at the M.C.G on Sunday (12th January) and before the second match at the Gabba on 17th January, England take on the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on 14th January.
Broad, who played in all five Ashes Tests, despite being hit during on the foot during the Perth Test, will miss the Melbourne and Brisbane games and will play no part in the Prime Minister's XI match.
England moved to bolster their squad ahead of the series by adding Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes, who may now be pressed into action as Broad's direct replacement.
As England's Twenty20 International captain, Broad will play the tour-ending three-match Twenty20 series, fitness allowing, so missing the first two ODIs is a logical choice for an England team that rested James Anderson and Kevin Pietersen for the entire ODI series.
Australia are following a similar approach by also resting their leading wicket-taker in the Ashes, Mitchell Johnson, from the first match in Melbourne.
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