Australia have dropped rebellious top order batsman Shaun Marsh and rested wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for the first three matches of the one-day Tri-series against India and Sri Lanka, which starts next week.
Marsh, a usual in the one-day team since his debut in 2008, paid the price for a unsatisfactory begin to his Test career when he was omitted from the 14-man squad for the tournament, which was announced on Monday.
The 28-year-old scored just 17 runs in six innings in the Test series against India, which concluded on Saturday with a definite 4-0 sweep for the Australians.
Chief selector John Inverarity said in a news release “Shaun Marsh is obviously disappointed with his own form in recent weeks and is out of the side but remains in our thinking for the future while he works at state level.” He added that “As they say, class is permanent but form can be temporary.”
Haddin, who is acting vice captain in the sustained absence of injured all rounder Shane Watson, also came in for a few criticism during the India series and is replaced by uncapped 24-year-old Matthew Wade.
All rounder Dan Christian is joined by batsmen Peter Forrest and Mitchell Marsh as the other uncapped players in the squad.
Australia’s first three matches in the series are against India in Melbourne on February 5, Sri Lanka in Perth five days in a while and the world champions again in Adelaide on February 12.