CRICKET: Peter Handscomb will make his one-day international debut in Perth on Thursday as Chris Lynn begins his rest and recovery from a neck injury.
The red-hot Queensland batsman will take no further part in either the remainder of the Aussies' ODI series against Pakistan or the Brisbane Heat's Big Bash League campaign.
The best he can hope for is being a part of the T20 series against Sri Lanka starting on February 17.
"He's been playing through a lot of pain even during the BBL and he's got to the stage where he can't function any more,” Australian coach Darren Lehmann said of Lynn, who saw a specialist in Brisbane.
"He'll have a couple of weeks of no cricket ... he's got to calm down the neck because it's quite aggravated.
"He'll start his rehab now and he won't be doing too much strenuous stuff before he hopefully gets back for the Sri Lankan series.”
Victorian Handscomb, who is averaging a touch under 100 in Test matches, will be one of two changes to the Australian side that lost to Pakistan in game two on Sunday, with paceman Billy Stanlake returning in place of the rested Mitchell Starc.
"It's bad luck for Chris Lynn ... the No.4 spot is there and Peter has done a really good job in the Test matches so he gets a crack at it,” Lehmann said.
"He played a one-day-style innings for us in the Sydney Test, so he's got all the shots and he's quite innovative. Or if we lose early wickets he can consolidate.”
Queenslander Stanlake bowled just three overs on debut last Friday before suffering illness, but should thrive on the bouncy WACA wicket.
"He's tall and he's got a lot of bounce so we think he can be quite effective here,” Lehmann said.
Lynn's ladder-leading Heat, meanwhile, hosts the Melbourne Renegades on Friday, with skipper Brendon McCullum and star spinner Samuel Badree to return. It is the last preliminary match for both teams.
Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Billy Stanlake
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