England, Australia set for final One-dayer

PERTH (Agencies) Stand-in one-day captain Cameron White has quashed speculation Aussie paceman Brett Lee is injured and will miss the final one-day international against England at the WACA Ground. Lee was tipped to be rested for today's match and trained lightly, only bowling some light overs before leaving the nets early. White, who is also Australia's Twenty20 captain, said the veteran paceman was fit. "I'm pretty sure he's not injured," he said. "But we haven't finalised the side at the moment, but as far as I know Lee is not injured." White also defended the national selectors' decision to rest Michael Clarke and Aussie spearhead Shane Watson for today's (Sunday) final one-day international. Today's match is Australia's last hit-out before it departs for the World Cup, and Clarke and Watson's absence leaves WA cricket fans feeling robbed and cricket pundits confused. White said while he could understand people's frustration and disappointment, believes both players needed to rest before the World Cup. "I think the public and everyone else can understand that having played five Test matches, one-dayers and some Twenty20s before leading into such an important series is a lot," he said. "This (rest) gives them an opportunity to freshen up. "I think it's a pretty smart move." Clarke had struggled badly for momentum at the crease before he showed the first signs of improvement with a composed half-century at the Gabber, followed by a stylish 82 at the SCG. WACA chief executive Graeme Wood said he understood the frustration of spectators. "It's no doubt disappointing," Wood said. "I can understand the situation with Watson, because he plays in all forms and he's had an outstanding summer.But it's a little bit harder to swallow with Michael Clarke, especially the fact that he has been in such ordinary form and all of a sudden he's made a couple of good innings. "I think, personally, you shouldn't flirt with form and he should have played here and continued his momentum. That's disappointing, but it also gives someone else an opportunity." Johnson wants cut in schedule Meanwhile Australia pacer Mithcell Johnson has called for Australias summer schedule to be reduced next season after a run of injuries has left them limping into the World Cup. Australia will head into todays (Sunday) seventh one-day international against England, the last match in a long summer, with six players sidelined by injury. Stand-in skipper Michael Clarke and Shane Watson have also been rested for the game in Perth, with Cricket Australia citing their heavy workload as the reason for not making the trip west. Australia will be aiming for a fourth consecutive World Cup title when the tournament begins on February 19, but can ill afford any more injuries with Ricky Ponting (finger), Michael Hussey (hamstring), Nathan Hauritz (shoulder) and Steve Smith (hip) all sidelined. Possible replacements Xavier Doherty (back) and Shaun Marsh (hamstring) have also suffered complaints during the protracted one day series, while Shaun Tait (groin) and Johnson (illness) have missed games. With the touring England side having also been reduced to the bare bones, with five of their players having flown home injured, Johnson believes the schedule must be cut. ''It is a very long summer, he said. ''The Ashes is always going to be a five-match series, I dont think you are ever going to want to change that, but maybe you can cut down the one-day stuff, maybe to five matches. I think the seven matches is a touch too long. ''England have had a few disappointing injuries and so have we. But weve got a lot of back-up. Im keen to win this series 6-1. The injury list has forced Australia to recall Adam Voges and Jason Krejza tomorrow. Voges has been overlooked since March, while Krejza has been absent since returning one for 204 in defeat to South Africa two years ago.

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