Australia has lost its most successful player, Scott Warner, for the remainder of the Test series against New Zealand at WACA Ground.
Warner, who played only seven Test matches for the Australian side, had surgery on his right knee in November but the 34-year-old was expected to play in this week’s tour game against the West Indies.
He has been forced to play on crutches for the rest of the series, but the Australian cricket board said it was “in the best interests of the team and the players” to release him.
Warners last Test century was against Pakistan in 2012.
The Australian captain is the first player to make the trip to WACA, a venue where the home team usually plays its first two games.
He was a key figure in Australia’s turnaround from the Ashes whitewash in 2010 to the second Test series victory in 2015.
Warriors captain James Pattinson is the team’s most consistent bowler, scoring 11 centuries in 23 matches.
Warers captain James Anderson is the most successful batsman of his generation, with 5,811 runs at an average of 48.40.
Australian skipper Mitchell Starc was one of the best batsmen in the history of the game, but he was unable to play because of injury.
Australia is playing with a fresh set of bowlers and is confident of taking the series at home.