Saturday 13 February 2010 

Watson Replaces Injured Marsh In Australia Squad

All-rounder and opening batsman Shane Watson is to replace Shaun Marsh in Australia's One-Day International squad for the fourth One-Day International in Brisbane.

Watson, along with Brad Haddin, was due to be rested with Tim Paine and Adam Voges called up in their places, but a back injury to Marsh prior to the third ODI in Sydney, has led the selectors to give Watson an early return to action.

Voges opened the innings along with Paine in Sydney, the pair failing to fire before the match was abandoned due to rain.

National Selection Panel (NSP) chairman Andrew Hilditch explained:

"Due to Shaun Marsh's injury, the NSP has elected to bring Shane Watson back into the squad for tomorrow's match at the Gabba.

"While it was initially planned for Shane to miss games three and four of the Commonwealth Bank Series, it was decided that with potential opening batsman Brad Haddin currently having his workload managed, the best course of action for the balance of the squad was to bring Shane back one game early.

"With James Hopes in the squad, we'll also be able to actively manage Shane's bowling workload if required at the Gabba."

Shaun Marsh will travel to Melbourne ahead of the rest of the squad and will await a decision on his participation in the final game on 19th February.

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