White To Lead Australia As Clarke, Watson Rested
Cameron White will captain Australia for the seventh and final One-Day International against England in Perth on 6th February after Michael Clarke and Shane Watson were rested for the game.
With Australia leading the series 5-1, Cricket Australia (CA) has decided to hand Clarke and Watson, who both featured throughout the Ashes campaign, a rest ahead of the World Cup, calling up Adam Voges and Jason Krejza into the squad.
“Both Michael Clarke and Shane Watson have had a very heavy workload this summer and as key players going into the ICC Cricket World Cup a decision has been made that they will not play in Perth for the final match of this series.
“Shane and Michael will remain in Sydney until attending the Allan Border Medal on Monday which provides them a few days at home before departing for India next Wednesday," CA National Selection Panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said.
“This decision together with the hip muscle injury to Steven Smith has meant that Adam Voges and Jason Krejza have been added to the squad for the last game of the season.
“Jason is a very skilled spinner and more than capable batsman who has already enjoyed international success and we are sure will seize the opportunity.
“Adam is having a very successful Ryobi Cup season for Western Australia and has good all-round skills with bat, ball and in the field. Adam was part of the Australian team’s one-day series win in India late in 2009 and we are sure will relish the chance to again represent his country.
“Cameron White will assume captaincy of the side for this match and we are sure given his performance as vice-captain this series and record as captain of Victoria, he will do a fine job in leading this side.”
make Australia the 8/11 favourites for the match with England drifting all the time to 11/10.
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