8 Jan 2009

Hayden misses out as Australian selectors wield axe

11:08 am on 8 January 2009

Struggling opener Matthew Hayden has been omitted from Australia's cricket squads for the Twenty20 and one-day international series against South Africa.

The 37-year-old averaged just 19.5 with the bat during the Test series won 2-1 by the Proteas.

Australia's selectors have promoted New South Wales batsman David Warner and Queensland's Ryan Harris to international level.

One-day vice captain Michael Clarke will be rested from the two Twenty20 matches - on Sunday at the MCG and Tuesday at the Gabba - as he recovers from a ligament injury to his right thumb which has required pain-killing injections.

Paceman Mitchell Johnson's recent workload means he will sit out the Twenty20 fixtures as well as the opening two one-day games.

South Australian speedster Shaun Tait returns to both squads after a spate of injuries and a self-imposed rest after suffering burnout.