Ponting rested for T20
Australia captain to take a break after Ashes series
Last Updated: 11/08/09 8:11am
Ponting: hectic schedule
Ricky Ponting will miss the Twenty20 series against England after the Australian selectors decided to rest their skipper.
"This is the last opportunity we have to give Ricky a break until next year, with the ICC Champions Trophy, ODIs against India and of course a full domestic summer against the West Indies and Pakistan to finish 2009."
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Ponting is to head home after the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval, leaving his deputy Michael Clarke to lead the tourists in both Twenty20 games, a one-day international against Scotland and the start of the seven-match one-day series with England.
The Tasmanian will then return for the latter part of the one-day series.
"Ricky Ponting is having his workload managed and will return home to Australia after the fifth test at The Oval and will miss the ODI against Scotland, the two Twenty20s and the start of the of the ODI series against England," Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said in a statement.
"This is the last opportunity we have to give Ricky a break until next year, with the ICC Champions Trophy, ODIs against India and of course a full domestic summer against the West Indies and Pakistan to finish 2009.
"The plan for him to return to Australia before rejoining the team is considered the most appropriate course of action.
"This gives Michael Clarke another opportunity to captain the Australian Twenty20 and ODI side."
The selectors named separate Twenty20 and one-day international squads as part of their building process ahead of next year's World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
Of the Test squad in England, opening batsman Phillip Hughes and paceman Stuart Clark failed to make either party, while batsman Mike Hussey and pace bowlers Peter Siddle and Nathan Bracken are in the one-day squad but not the Twenty20.
"We obviously know what Mike Hussey and Nathan Bracken are capable of in one-day and Twenty20 cricket, but with limited opportunities at international level in this format of the game we wanted to look at different players as we look to improve our Twenty20 performances," Hilditch added.
"Their omissions do not mean we won't look to them for the World Twenty20."
Paine, Nannes included
Tasmanian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine is the only new face in the one-day squad, while Victorian paceman Dirk Nannes - who represented the Netherlands at this year's World Twenty20 in England - is included for the short format.
Nannes is available to represent Australia as the Netherlands are only an associate member of the ICC and do not have full playing rights, meaning he remains free to play for a full member nation.
South Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was overlooked due to a side strain.
One-day squad: R Ponting (capt), M Clarke, N Bracken, C Ferguson, B Haddin, N Hauritz, B Hilfenhaus, J Hopes, M Hussey, M Johnson, B Lee, T Paine, P Siddle, S Watson, C White
Twenty20 squad M Clarke (capt), B Haddin, C Ferguson, N Hauritz, B Hilfenhaus, D Hussey, M Johnson, B Lee, D Nannes, A Voges, D Warner, S Watson, C White