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McGrath rested for NZ one-day series

By Tom Wald 24/11/2005 08:55:49 PM Comments (0)

Australia has named a new-look one-day lineup for next month's series in New Zealand with veteran Glenn McGrath rested and Victorian pair Brad Hodge and Michael Lewis called up for the first time.

The selectors have shown their hand by not recalling Matthew Hayden, with the in-form opener's one-day career appearing over at the age of 34 despite his mountain of runs at Test level.

Thursday's squad announcement was further good news for classy right-hander Hodge who made 60 on Test debut in Hobart last weekend.

The 30-year-old has been the nearly man of Australian cricket but now has the chance to cement a place in the national side in both forms of the game.

"Brad Hodge has been a strong performer for Victoria in both forms of the game for a long period of time," said chief selector Trevor Hohns.

"We have seen what he has done at Test level given the opportunity and believe he will also do the job in the one-day side."

His state teammate Lewis's elevation showed the selectors' penchant for late bloomers after the right-arm paceman was rewarded for his fine deeds at domestic level.

Lewis, 31, was the third highest wicket-taker in the ING Cup last season and has continued his strong form after earning his first Cricket Australia contract this year.

"We have every confidence and faith that he will do a good job for us in the series and he thoroughly deserves his chance," Hohns said.

The decision to rest 35-year-old McGrath shows the selectors are taking the management of the NSW paceman very seriously.

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