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Ponting, Watson, Johnson rested for ODI series

Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 13:08 [IST]
 
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Ponting, Watson, Johnson to be rested

Australian captain Ricky Ponting, pacer Mitchell Johnson and all-rounder Shane Watson will be rested for the One-day series against India starting from October 17.

Keeping in mind the packed international schedule for team Australia, the selectors, as a part of rotation policy decided to rest the players. Meanwhile, Michael Clarke will take over the captaincy role in Ponting's absence.

"Player workload management is particularly important over the course of the next seven months as we prepare a squad to defend the World Cup in India and the subcontinent and to win the Ashes back from England," Australia's National Selection Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said in a statement in Melbourne.

Hilditch said all the players would be rotated during the next few months to ensure that there is no burnout.

"Each individual player has a program developed in collaboration between the player, the coaching and conditioning staff and the NSP, which will get each player to the end of April 2011 in the best possible physical condition and, we hope, with plenty of Australian success on the field.

"With that in mind, Ricky Ponting will not take part in this one-day series. The NSP has decided as part of the ongoing management of Ricky's workload he should not take part in this series. The demands of back-to-back Test matches in tough Indian conditions have been taken into consideration," he explained.

"In addition, Ricky faces a very demanding domestic summer on his return to Australia and will have no other opportunity for a break from the start of the domestic season until after the much-awaited ICC Cricket World Cup in India and the subcontinent, which begins in February next year.

Johnson and Watson too would get a break after the ongoing two-match Test series, the first game of which India won today.

"Mitchell Johnson will also have his workload managed and not take part in the series. As Mitchell is now the leader of our bowling attack, and with numerous injuries to our fast bowling stocks at present, it is essential we manage his workload so he can get through the domestic summer and the ICC Cricket World Cup," Hilditch said.

"Shane Watson also will not take part in the series. The NSP considers it essential that he has a break to ensure that can fulfill his vital role during our domestic summer and of course the World Cup.

"It is essential to the balance of our side that Shane can open the batting and play the all-round role. Shane's playing and training program has been carefully managed over the last couple of years and we have decided the best way of ensuring he can play this role is for him to miss the one-day component of this series," he added.

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