Clarke, Watson to sit out final ODI

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Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 11:51 [IST]
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Clarke, Watson to sit out final ODI

He may have just struck form again, but Australia captain Michael Clarke will sit out the final one-dayer against England, at Perth, along with opener Shane Watson, said Cricket Australia said Thursday. The board wants to ensure that the two players are well-restd for the upcoming World Cup.

Australia have already won the seven-match series against England and hold a 5-1 lead after their two wicket win in the sixth game in Sydney Wednesday. All-rounder Steve Smith will also miss the match after he sustained a hip injury in Sydney.

Another all-rounder Adam Voges and offspinner Jason Krezja would join the Australia team in Perth for the match and series vice captain Cameron White would lead the side in Clarke's absence, chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.

Smith, who bowls legspin, joins left arm spinner Xavier Doherty (strained back) and Nathan Hauritz (dislocated shoulder) as the third slow bowler injured during the series against England. Hauritz and Smith were named in Australia's World Cup squad.

Australia's regular captain Ricky Ponting is still recuperating from surgery on a broken finger but has begun batting in the nets.

Batsman Mike Hussey is also recovering from surgery on a hamstring injury, while his replacement for the England series Shaun Marsh, also suffered a hamstring problem.


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