Mike Hussey
Mike Hussey

Retiring veteran Michael Hussey has been denied a farewell tour of Australia after he was overlooked for the ODI series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Hussey, who could bow out of Test cricket as early as Sunday, made himself available for the ODI and Twenty20 series that follow the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney when he announced his retirement from international cricket last month.

But the 37-year-old batsman was left out of the 13-man squad for the opening two matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka as selectors turn their attention towards the 2015 World Cup.

"Taking a long-term view towards the ICC Cricket World Cup, the NSP (National Selection Panel) has decided not to include Michael Hussey in the squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series," national selector John Inverarity said.

"Michael has been a tremendous ODI player for Australia over a long period of time, a match-winner for his country and his presence in coloured clothing will be sorely missed."

Michael Clarke, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Dan Christian and James Pattinson are also missing from the last ODI team that played Pakistan in September.

"Michael has been battling a hamstring injury for a few weeks and will have a break, as will Matthew Wade and David Warner," Inverarity said.

"These three players have played in all six Vodafone Test matches this summer and the intention is to have them returning to the ODI squad refreshed.

"James Pattinson, together with Shane Watson, were not considered for selection in these two games as they are yet to return to full fitness, while Dan Christian has not been included in the squad."

Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ben Cutting and Brad Haddin have been promoted, while George Bailey will captain the side in the absence of Clarke.

"The squad has a number of young players who have a considerable upside," Inverarity added.

"These opportunities during the Commonwealth Bank Series will enhance their overall development.

"While the NSP is looking ahead to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup we are also mindful of the forthcoming Test tours to India and England.

"Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin are considered to be the two best keeper-batsmen in Australia.

"Brad remains in consideration and he will play while Matthew has a break."

The squad will assemble in Melbourne on January 8 ahead of the opening ODI match against Sri Lanka at the MCG three days later.

'''Australia squad:''' George Bailey (c), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Clint Mckay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc


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