Warner, Khawaja to miss Chappell-Hadlee series

“David has had a very big summer and will benefit from a break in cricket, both mentally and physically”

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Australia opener David Warner and batsman Usman Khawaja will not feature in the three-match ODI series in New Zealand, which begins next Monday.

Warner, who last missed a game in June last year due to a fractured finger, has been rested for the tour following a busy summer, while Khawaja will be travelling to Dubai early to prepare for Australia’s tour of India next month.

With the duo out, Australia have brought in Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh as their replacements, and the duo are likely to open the batting for the national team in the Chappell-Hadlee series.

“David has had a very big summer and will benefit from a break in cricket, both mentally and physically,” interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said.¬†“He will travel to Dubai in the second group of departures to coincide with those players arriving from the one-day series in New Zealand.

“This gives Aaron an opportunity to return to the side. His form in the Big Bash League has been very good and he has earnt his recall. With Usman heading to Dubai in the first group of players this provides Shaun with a chance to get back into international cricket following his injury earlier in the summer.”

Khawaja will head to Dubai on January 30, while the rest of the Test team will fly out on February 5.

Australia ODI Squad: Steven Smith (capt), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Billy Stanlake.

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