Ashes 2013: Australia rest Michael Clarke and Shane Watson against Sussex
Australia have opted to rest captain Michael Clarke and opener Shane Watson for their tour match at Sussex.
Last Updated: 26/07/13 11:53am
Clarke was widely expected to play in the three-day match after mustering only 102 runs in four Ashes innings against England, while Watson has also been short of runs at the top of the order.
But both batsmen have been left out of an inexperienced line-up which will be skippered by Ed Cowan, although Watson will remain in London for net practice in a bid to iron out a flaw in his technique that has seen him dismissed lbw three times in four innings.
Team performance manager Pat Howard insisted Watson will retain his place for next week's third Test at Old Trafford, and he also denied reports of a lack of unity in the Australia squad following their thrashing at Lord's.
"We played poorly, and we can't buck away from that," Howard said. "The fact that we batted for 50 overs meant that some young bowlers had to go out again.
"When you've got young bowlers backing up from Test to Test and turning around, that has flow on effects beyond not scoring runs.
"But in terms of the team, I don't think administrators sitting in the change rooms is a great thing but when you lose you have got to be part of it, and they are together, they're good."
Meanwhile, off-spinner Ashton Turner has been called up to the Australia side at Hove for his first-class debut.
Turner has been playing for Chichester Priory Park as part of a development academy run by Cricket Australia and Hampshire, and the 20-year-old has taken 18 wickets at an average of 40.78 for the Sussex Premier League club.
Ashton Agar has also been named despite suffering a hip problem in the crushing second-Test defeat, while fellow spinner Nathan Lyon has been given the chance to press his claims for a Test recall.
James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird will lead the pace attack as they fight for the place vacated by James Pattinson, who will miss the rest of the tour due to a stress fracture in his lower back.