Australia axe David Hussey from ODI squad
Australia's selectors have dropped David Hussey from their 13-man ODI squad to face the West Indies next week.
Last Updated: 25/01/13 9:25am
The Victorian, a lynchpin of the Australia ODI team in recent years, has seen his place taken by Aaron Finch as the selectors try to freshen up a batting order which struggled at times during the recent one-day series against Sri Lanka.
Australia were bowled out for 170 in Adelaide and a shocking 74 in Brisbane as they drew the five-match series 2-2.
Hussey averaged 32 and, though that placed him third among Australian batsmen, he has paid the price and has been dropped from a squad named for the first two ODIs against the Windies.
Selector John Inverarity said: "We were delighted with the ODI team's impressive win against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Wednesday, in particular with Phillip Hughes' well-crafted innings (of 138 not out) and the bowling of Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques.
"There were concerns, however, with the team's batting performances during the series when the conditions were conducive to swing bowling, conditions that were beautifully exploited by Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga.
"Aaron Finch has been included in the squad at the expense of David Hussey. A top four of (David) Warner, Finch, Hughes and (Michael) Clarke has good balance and the team looks forward to getting better starts than has been the case recently.
"David Hussey has been dropped from the squad as the National Selection Panel keeps a constant eye on the future."
Hussey's elder brother Michael retired from international cricket earlier this month.
The two games, in Perth next Friday and Sunday, kick off a five-match series with a single Twenty20 international to follow.