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Watson to sit out three games

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has been given an extended three-match break during the one-day series with England.

The 32-year-old was already due to be rested for tomorrow's second match in Brisbane, but will now also miss the trips to Sydney and Perth.

Shane Watson, who is being rested for the next three one-day internationals, in bowling action during Sunday's series opener

Dan Christian has been added to the squad to fill the gap left by Watson, who overcame several injury concerns to play throughout the Ashes series.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said: "Given Shane's workload in the past 12 months we consider it would be beneficial for him to have a longer break and continue his training program at home in Sydney ahead of the final ODI and the tour of South Africa.

"Dan Christian, who has been in excellent form in recent weeks, has been added to the ODI squad to provide an all-round option in Shane's absence."

Watson was an injury doubt before the Test series, after suffering a hamstring injury in the proceeding seven ODIs versus India.

Lehmann indicated before the one-dayers against England that he would look to rest his Ashes winners at various stages.

Mitchell Johnson sat out the series-opening six-wicket win in Melbourne, but is set to return tomorrow.

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