Clarke, Haddin and Warner to be rested for fourth ODI

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“I’m going to think about spending three days with my beautiful wife and not think about cricket at all”

Australia captain Michael Clarke, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and opening batsman David Warner will all be rested for the fourth ODI against England in Perth after the baggy greens took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series following their dominant seven-wicket win in Sydney.

The trio have been given time to rest and recuperate ahead of their highly important tour of South Africa, which gets underway on February 5.

“I’m going to think about spending three days with my beautiful wife and not think about cricket at all,” Clarke said. “And then I’ll come back in Adelaide, meet the boys there and look forward to hopefully winning and having a 5-0 result.

“But we’ve got plenty of time to worry about South Africa. After this one-day series we’ve got a four-day practice game over there and some time to make sure we’re looking at the opposition. Right now our opposition’s England, we want to win 5-0 here.

“We have a goal to become a better one-day team and get back to being No. 1 in the world, and we’re not there. We know we can certainly improve in all facets, I know throughout this series we’ve seen improvement which is a really positive sign for this team, and I think we’ve shown even with giving guys a rest, especially the Test boys, we’ve still been able to have success.

“And I’m really confident in George, he’s showed a lot of positive signs in regard to his leadership in the T20 format and certainly in the one day format, and I know he can take the guys to Perth and have success there.”

Speaking about the tour of South Africa, Clarke refused to say whether Australia will retain the same Test team that whitewashed England 5-0 during the recently concluded Ashes series.

“We’ve played some really good cricket, no doubt about it, but I think the selectors will talk about what they think is the best squad to go and play in those conditions against that attack,” Clarke said. “And I think we did that throughout this whole series against England. We picked the 11 players we thought were best for the wicket we were playing on and the attack we were playing against and it worked out that we played the same XI in every Test. I don’t think the selectors will have anything else in mind, they want to pick a winning squad.”

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