Brisbane: Michael Clarke will lead Australia on its first cricket tour to Zimbabwe in a decade for an international tri-series also involving South Africa starting later this month.
The 14-man limited-overs squad is close to full strength, with Clarke, vice-captain George Bailey, veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, paceman Mitchell Johnson and allrounder Shane Watson all included. Aggressive opener David Warner has been rested for the series and top-order batsman Phil Hughes didn't make the cut despite his double-century for Australia A last week. (Also read: Michael Clarke backs controversial 'Mankad' run-out)
"Phillip Hughes, Xavier Doherty and Clint McKay can all consider themselves unlucky," chief selector Rod Marsh said Monday. "We would have loved to pick Phillip, but it's quite difficult to find the spot for him with a strong batting line-up. He was in superb form during the recent Australia A one-day matches and the selection panel will certainly be continuing to watch him closely."