Selectors change it up for series against South Africa
AUSTRALIA'S selectors have opted not to replace captain Michael Clarke with another batsman for the remaining three one-day internationals against South Africa.
Clarke was a spectator in Sunday's two-wicket loss to the Proteas in Perth, where the Aussies batted first and were all out for just 154 in 42 overs. The tourists chased down the target for the loss of seven wickets with more than 22 overs to spare.
Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, last week named international cricketer of the year, has been rested for the remainder of the series, with New South Wales pair Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Starc brought in.
All-rounder Mitch Marsh, who top scored in game two with 57, will remain with the squad for tomorrow's match in Canberra, before rejoining Western Australia for its next Sheffield Shield assignment against Victoria at the MCG starting on November 25. His place for the final two games - at the MCG on Friday and the SCG on Sunday - will be taken by Tasmania's James Faulkner.
After relying on spinning all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the first two games, Tasmanian slow left-armer Xavier Doherty (pictured) has been included as the front-line spinner.
Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said the panel felt there was "enough batting depth" to cover Clarke, who may also miss the coming Test series against India to ensure he is ready for next year's World Cup and Ashes series in England.
SQUAD: Bailey (c), Coulter-Nile, Cummins, Doherty, Faulkner, Finch, Hazlewood, M Marsh, Maxwell, Richardson, Smith, Starc, Wade, Warner, Watson.