Australia’s fast bowler Mitchell Johnson won’t be featuring in the first ODI at Melbourne.
After he showed no mercy whatsoever in the test matches and kept the entire English batting literally on their toes, the speedster would finally give the Brits and himself a rest.
However, there will be no letting go easily for the English batsmen as the left armer would be available for the rest four ODIs as well as the T20s.
John Inverarity, the Chief Aussie Selector said: “Mitch has had a brilliant summer with the Test side and, while he is a crucial member of the ODI squad, it is important that he has a bit of a break now.
“The NSP (National Selection Panel) will be looking to provide a break, also, for most of the players in the ODI squad who played in the Tests against England.”
Darren Lehmann, the man who has been termed as the “Key Role” in Australia’s script of beating England by 5-0 confirmed that that Mitch would be back for the remaining ODIs.
“He'll play in Brisbane, definitely,” he told. “It's one of his home towns so he'll play there. It's obviously been a very big summer for him.
“So we'll just give him a short little break and make sure he's getting fresh for the other one-dayers.
“It's important that we put the best side that we possibly can out, but understanding that it's been a hectic five Test matches.
“Some of the Test boys especially are weary.”
Boof as Lehmann is known completely abjured even the tiniest of possibilities of resting the “Best 11” as he wants to accomplish yet another feat by winning the 2015 World Cup which too will be played Down Under.
“We'll sum it up as we go. We certainly don't want to go down the path we have previously where we've rested clumps of players,” he said.
“We certainly want to pick and choose when we do it (rest players). We want them to play in their home state.
“We want to make sure we put together a good squad looking ahead to the World Cup.
“This one-day format is very important for us.
“It gives some guys an opportunity that we think are going to get to the World Cup.”
Cricket Australia also announced the squad that’ll feature for the Prime Minister’s 11 to face Cook’s men in their last practice match on the tour.
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee would be captaining the side while Craig McDermott who is Australia’s bowling coach will also be able to see his son Alister in action in the very same match. Currently, Alister is playing for Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League.
Prime Minister's XI to face England on January 14: Brett Lee (captain), Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting, Peter Handscomb (wk), Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, James Muirhead, Luke Pomersbach, Clive Rose, Michael Spaseski, Shane Devoy (12th man).
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