x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Australia will rest Shane Watson and Michael Clarke for final England ODI

Cameron White will lead the side in Clarke's absence as the team takes caution to their growing injury list ahead of the World Cup.

SYDNEY // Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, and Shane Watson, the all-rounder, will miss the final one-day match against England in Perth on Sunday to get some rest before the World Cup, according to Cricket Australia.

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 on Wednesday.

Steve Smith, the all-rounder, will also miss the match after he sustained a hip injury in Sydney.

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

Smith, who bowls leg-spin, joins left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty (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 recovering 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.