Australia have no plans to lighten the load on captain Michael Clarke during a crowded one-day schedule in the UK in a bid to manage his chronic back problem.
In a further sign Cricket Australia’s rotation days are long gone, coach Darren Lehmann says Australia will pick its best team to win every match against England and Scotland.
That includes Clarke, who missed the Champions Trophy due to a flare-up of his back injury and also suffered some discomfort early in the Ashes series.
“We won’t be resting him. If he’s fit he plays,” Lehmann told AAP.
“It’s a simple fact of life and that’s what we want to do with all our players.
“You want to get the best team on the park each and every day but, having said that, if he’s not 100 per cent fit then he won’t play.”
Australia will play six 50-over games in the next two weeks.
While England have rested a host of big names from the five-match one-day series with a crowded schedule and the return Ashes series in mind, Lehmann says Australia “won’t be going down that path.”
“Every time we’ll be picking our best team to win that game,” the coach said.
Australia have made some forced changes for the one-dayers, starting with a one-off ODI clash with Scotland in Edinburgh on Tuesday, after Mitchell Starc joined Steve Smith in being released from the 15-man squad due to minor injuries.
CA said Starc had back pain and he joins a growing list of injured Australian paceman including Ryan Harris, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird.
Lehmann admitted the situation wasn’t ideal but said it was a side-effect of having a young pace attack.
“At the end of the day you have injuries. It’s part and parcel of being a fast bowler,” Lehmann said.
“Hopefully that settles down as they get a bit older and a bit stronger.”
Lehmann and his players have ruled out any chance of complacency against the Scots on Tuesday.
“We’ve got win as many games as we can,” wicketkeeper Matthew Wade said.
“We haven’t had that much success on this tour … we want to win all these games.”
Scotland coach Pete Steindl says his side was expecting an “extremely motivated” Australian outfit but welcomed another chance for the non-Test nation to get some valuable experience.
“The more times you can play against teams who are higher-ranked and better than you it teaches you where you have to get to,” Steindl said.Read More