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Mitchell Johnson rested from first ODI

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Man of the moment Mitchell Johnson will be rested for the first game of the one-day international series against England.

Johnson, who finished the series with 37 wickets at an average of 13.97, is the only member of the ODI squad to be omitted from the first game and will rejoin the team ahead of the second game in Brisbane.

The selectors have said they plan to give most of the players from the 5-0 Ashes whitewash a break at some point throughout the series of limited-overs games.

“Mitch has had a brilliant summer with the Test side and while he is a crucial member of the ODI squad it is important that he has a bit of a break now,” chairman of selectors John Inverarity said.

“The NSP (National Selection Panel) will be looking to provide a break, also, for most of the players in the ODI Squad who played in the Tests against England.”

With 188.4 overs to his name over the five Tests, Johnson bowled more than any Australian and only England’s James Anderson (190.3) bowled more than him.

But coach Darren Lehmann reiterated the fatigue of each player would be assessed on a case-by-case basis rather than mass rotations.

“We certainly don’t want to go down the path we did previously where we’ve rested clumps of players,” he told a press conference on Thursday.

“We certainly want to just pick and choose where we do it. We want them to play in their home state obviously. We want to make sure we’re putting a good squad together looking ahead to the World Cup.

“This one-day format is very important to us. It gives some guys an opportunity that we think are going to get to the World Cup which is important as well.”

Australia will play five ODIs against England before taking them on in three Twenty20s.