Thursday 16 January 2014 

Christian Called Up As Watson Takes Extended Break

Daniel Christian hits out
Daniel Christian has been added to Australia's squad as cover for Shane Watson
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Shane Watson is to miss the third and fourth One-Day Internationals against England with all-rounder Daniel Christian joining up with the Australia squad as cover.

Watson had already been rested for tomorrow's second ODI in Brisbane but he will now take an extended break and be unavailable for the matches in Sydney (19th January) and Perth (24th January).

He will rejoin the squad ahead of the fifth and final match in Adelaide on 26th January.

"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," head 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."

Christian has played 17 ODIs for Australia as well as 11 Twenty20 Internationals and has this season hit 155 runs in one-day games and 186 runs in six Twenty20 matches.

Australia lead the ODI series 1-0 after a six-wicket win in the opening 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