Australia v England: Stuart Broad rested for first two ODIs

First one-day international: Australia v England

  • Venue: MCG, Melbourne
  • Date: Sunday, 12 January
  • Starts: 03:20 GMT

Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW, and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app; live text commentary online

Pace bowler Stuart Broad has been rested for England's opening two one-day internationals against Australia.

Broad will miss matches in Melbourne on Sunday and Brisbane on 17 January, as well as a tour game against a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was England's leading Ashes wicket-taker with 21 victims as the tourists were whitewashed 5-0.

Broad will be available for the final three ODIs and will then lead England in three Twenty20 internationals.

England's one-day schedule in Australia

Sun, 12 Jan: 1st ODI, Melbourne

Tues, 14 Jan: v Prime Minister's XI, Canberra

Fri, 17 Jan: 2nd ODI, Brisbane

Sun, 19 Jan: 3rd ODI, Sydney

Fri, 24 Jan: 4th ODI, Perth

Sun, 26 Jan: 5th ODI, Adelaide

Weds, 29 Jan: 1st T20I, Hobart

Fri, 31 Jan: 2nd T20I, Melbourne

Sun, 2 Feb: 3rd T20I, Sydney

His absence leaves England with an inexperienced attack for the opening one-day international, following Graeme Swann's decision to retire and James Anderson having flown home to give him a break.

Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn and Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes, who was recently added to the one-day squad , are now the most experienced seamers available for selection in Melbourne.

But Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan, one of seven new players to join the one-day squad, does not believe they will suffer a hangover from England's disappointing Ashes display.

He said: "The guys are good. We've had six or seven fresh faces come into the side who have brought a lot of energy, including myself.

"The guys are chomping at the bit to get involved. We've had a bit of time off and young guys coming through are keen to score runs and take wickets - a lot of guys are excited to get this series started."