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Xavier Bartlett rested for SCG ODI; Travis Head released from ODI, T20I squad

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Last updated on 03 Feb 2024 | 06:30 AM
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Xavier Bartlett rested for SCG ODI; Travis Head released from ODI, T20I squad

Josh Hazlewood has been added for the second ODI, while Jake Fraser-McGurk is tipped to debut at SCG against West Indies

Xavier Bartlett, who starred for Australia in the first One-Day International (ODI) against West Indies with a four-wicket haul, has been rested for the second game against Sydney on Sunday (February 4) to manage his workload. However, the fast bowler is expected back for the third ODI in Canberra, which will take place on Tuesday (February 6).

The management is believed to be cautious following his back injury last year and not to force him to play three ODIs across five days, especially after the pacer has not played any Shield or one-day cricket this season.

"I was injured at the start of this year and didn't have a chance to play any domestic cricket, which was a frustrating time," Bartlett said after finishing with figures of 4 for 17 at MCG. 

"But you can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you've just got to keep trying to work hard because these days don't happen very often in the game of cricket."

Meanwhile, Travis Head has been released from the squad for the rest of the tour, while Josh Hazlewood has been added for the second ODI in Sydney.

Hazlewood was initially rested for the ODIs but was due to join the squad for the T20I series. No replacement was named for Head, which could pave way for Jake Fraser-McGurk to make his ODI debut at SCG.

Head was dismissed for four at MCG and, before that, got a king pair at the Gabba Test against the West Indies. He is expected to return for the T20Is against New Zealand, starting February 21.

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