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Hussey, Hauritz rested as Smith gets national call

With the series already in their pocket, Australia today decided to rest middle-order mainstay Michael Hussey and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz in their final one-dayer against West Indies at the MCG on Friday.

cricket Updated: Feb 16, 2010 18:04 IST

With the series already in their pocket, Australia today decided to rest middle-order mainstay Michael Hussey and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz in their final one-dayer against West Indies at the MCG on Friday.

Cricket Australia National Selection Panel also dropped Tim Paine from the squad for the inconsequential match while
brining in regular wicket-keeper Brad Haddin in his place.

Young leg-spinning all-rounder Steven Smith won a national call up after a promising Twenty20 debut against
Pakistan recently.

The NSP have opted to give Hauritz and Hussey a break from the dead rubber after Australia had already clinched the
five-match series against the Caribbeans 3-0.

"With the Commonwealth Bank Series won, the NSP has decided to give Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz the final match
of series off in order to prepare for the upcoming VB Tour of New Zealand," NSP chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said
in a statement.

"Both Mike and Nathan have been significant contributors to the success of the team this summer and managing their
workloads now will ensure they are well-prepared for what lies ahead.

"It's been an exciting season already for Steven Smith and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity in Australia's
one-day international squad," he added.