Explosive youngster David Warner, dropped from the one-day team, has been named in the 13-member Australian squad for Sunday’s Twenty20 clash against New Zealand even as Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey have been rested, citing workload.
The National Selection Panel on Wednesday announced squad, ‘keeping in mind the preparation for the T20 World Cup´, to be held in England in June.
Michael Clarke will lead the team while Brad Haddin will be his deputy.
NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said resting Ponting and Hussey was the ‘best option´.
“Given the high workload of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey since the Indian Test series in October we have decided, in consultation with these players, it is appropriate they miss this game.
“With a hectic and competitive South African campaign departing the day after this match, we felt this option was best in the interest of the player’s workload management,” Hilditch said in a Cricket Australia press release.