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Warner, Khwaja to be rested for Australia’s ODI series against New Zealand  

SYDNEY: Australia will leave out opening batsmen David Warner and Usman Khawaja Chappell-Hadlee  ODI series in order to rest them.

Warner, who scored a century in Australia’s 86-run victory over Pakistan in Sydney on Sunday, will take a complete break, while Khawaja is to head to Dubai for a pre-tour training camp.

Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch have been recalled to the side to replace the pair.

“David has had a very big summer and will benefit from a break in cricket, both mentally and physically,” interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

“With Usman heading to Dubai in the first group of players this provides Shaun with a chance to get back into international cricket following his injury earlier in the summer.”

The Chappell-Hadlee one-day series begins on Jan 30 in Auckland, before matches in Napier on Feb. 2 and Hamilton on Feb. 5.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.