Hughes replaces Watson

Australia

A sprained ankle has sidelined all-rounder Shane Watson from Australia's ODI tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa this month.

A sprained ankle has sidelined all-rounder Shane Watson from Australia's ODI tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa this month.

Watson will be replaced by left-handed batsman Phil Hughes, who has enjoyed a fine stretch of form at List A and first-class level for the A side this year.

"With Shane ruled out for the tour, the National Selection Panel clearly feels the natural player to come in is Phil," said chairman of selectors Rod Marsh.

"As I've said previously, Phil was unlucky not to be picked in the initial squad after showing some great form in the Australia A series and was the natural choice to come in for Shane.

"The NSP is very happy with the bowling depth in the squad, but Watson's absence has meant another top-order batsman is necessary."

The 33-year-old Watson is expected to be fit for October's series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The tri-series, meanwhile, will get underway on 25 August.

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