Broad To Be Rested For First Two ODIs

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad (second left) will be rested from the first two ODIs against Australia
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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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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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