SYDNEY Dec 17 Australia vice-captain Adam
Gilchrist has been ordered to miss Thursday's deciding one-day
match against New Zealand in Hobart to save himself for the
upcoming test series against India.
Australia need to win or draw the match to regain the
Chappell-Hadlee they lost to New Zealand last season but will
have to do so without Gilchrist.
The wicketkeeper-batsman will be replaced by New South
Wales wicketkeeper Brad Haddin after Australia's selectors
decided to give Gilchrist a break in accordance with their
controversial rotation policy.
"It was always the selection panel's intention for Adam to
play in the Twenty20 International and the opening two matches
of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy regardless of results," the
chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said in a statement.
"It's important that Adam's workload is suitably managed
with four tests and the (limited-overs one-day) series ahead."
Australia were beaten 3-0 by New Zealand in February when
they rested several key players ahead of the World Cup but
coach Tim Neilsen dismissed concerns they were treating the
Kiwis too lightly.
Australia won the first game of their current series while
the second game was washed out. Australia can regain the trophy
with a win or a draw but a loss will allow New Zealand to
retain the trophy.
"I don't think we're being arrogant ... we're trying to
look after the workload of our senior players," Neilsen told
reporters on Monday.
"It was planned a month ago when we looked at the
(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Ossian Shine)