Aus vs WI: Xavier Bartlett Rested, Travis Head Released from White-Ball Squads for Second ODI

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Xavier Bartlett, who shone on international debut at the MCG, will be rested for the second ODI against West Indies on Sunday but is expected to return for the third game in Canberra. Travis Head has been released from the ODI and T20I squads for the remaining matches while Josh Hazlewood has been added for the second ODI in Sydney. Bartlett’s management is understood to be part of a plan to be careful with his workloads amid three ODIs in five days after his back injury last year, and without any one-day or Shield cricket this season. Left-arm quick Spencer Johnson will join the squad as cover for the third ODI in Canberra on Tuesday. Hazlewood was among Australia’s all-format quicks initially rested for the ODI series following the Test summer but was included for the T20Is. No replacement for Head has been named, which opens the door for Jake Fraser-McGurk to make his ODI debut at the SCG.

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