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Ponting rested; Lee, Symonds back in Australia squad

cricket Updated: Apr 08, 2009 12:55 IST
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Injury-prone Brett Lee and troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds on Wednesday returned to the Australian team for the upcoming one-day series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai starting April 22.

However, Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel have not included regular skipper Ricky Ponting, out-of-form
Michael Hussey and pacer Mitchel Johnson in the 14-member squad to give them due rest before the Ashes and the ICC World Twenty20 Championship in England in June.

Michael Clarke will lead the team in the five ODIs and one-off Twenty20 match in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from April
22-May 7 while wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin will stand as his deputy.

Meanwhile, NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said he supported the recommendation of the team's coaching and medical staff to rest the trio "so that their workload can be managed appropriately in preparation for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 and Ashes."

"The workload of all three players has been immense since September when Australia's VB Tour of India commenced. Having Ricky and Michael in prime form mentally and physically for the Ashes is critical and the series against Pakistan is the only opportunity to give them an appropriate break prior to the start of a very important period," he said.