Ashes

Aussies rest Clarke, Watson

2011-02-03 09:32
Michael Clarke (AP)

Sydney - Australia will rest captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson for the final match of the one-day series against England.

Holding an unbeatable 5-1 series lead, Australia opted on Thursday to give the pair a break with the Cricket World Cup looming, and brought in offspinner Jason Krejza and allrounder Adam Voges as replacements for Sunday's game at the WACA Ground.

Krejza will become the fourth spinner to be used in the seven-match series after injuries sidelined Steve Smith (hip), Nathan Hauritz (dislocated shoulder) and Xavier Doherty (back).

Cameron White, who captains Australia's Twenty20 team, will be skipper in Clarke's absence.

Krejza was dropped from Test cricket after being punished by South Africa at the WACA in 2008, and now returns to the national team at the same ground.

"It's the place I got dropped, it's the place I've got picked now, so it's a bit ironic," Krejza said.

"I never gave up hope, I just knew I was going to be a better bowler. I knew I'd have another opportunity and it's come along now, so I'm pretty excited."

Krejza, Voges and Tim Paine will play in place of Doherty, Clarke and Watson. Krejza is not in the World Cup squad, so this will likely be a one-off appearance unless some injured squad members fail to recover before the World Cup starts on February 19.

"I'm pretty surprised, but pretty excited about it now," Krejza said. "Fingers crossed if I get the opportunity if I bowl well."

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