The Ashes: Shane Watson to lead Australia in tour match, Clarke and Haddin rested

Coach Darren Lehmann is banking on the tour match to decide on the playing XI for the fifth Test next week. This despite its short two-day duration.

updated: August 16, 2013 14:20 IST
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Shane Watson will lead Australia in a practice match against England Lions starting from Friday at Northampton. Captain Michael Clarke and his deputy Brad Haddin are being rested.

Watson, who previously gave up the post of vice-captain, is not a certain to play the final Ashes Test due to his unimpressive form. He however, will be marshaling a jaded touring party against England Lions, reports The Australian.

Australia trail England 3-0 in the ongoing series and the onus will now be upon Watson to prove his mettle and lead a side in which several players are either looking to create a mark or just survive and retain their position in the playing XI. Watson will only bat and not bowl as he is recovering from a groin injury sustained during the fourth Test at Durham.

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