Veteran Australia batsman Michael Hussey has been given a week off from domestic competition ahead of Australia’s crucial tour to South Africa.
Cricket Australia said on Monday that the 36-year-old Hussey, who just returned from Champions League Twenty20 duty with the Chennai Super Kings, will not play in Western Australia's first-class match beginning on Tuesday against Tasmania in Perth.
The match is scheduled to end on Friday, the day Hussey is expected to fly to South Africa.
Australia will play two T20 matches - the first on Thursday - three limited-over internationals and two Tests in South Africa - the first beginning on November 9 in Cape Town, the second on November 17 in Johannesburg.
Hussey, who is not part of Australia's Twenty20 squad, was named man-of-the-match in all three of Australia's Test matches in Sri Lanka, where the visitors won the first Test and played to draws in the others.
"His (Hussey's) workload has been significant," Cricket Australia general manager Michael Brown said in a statement. "Looking at all the coming international fixtures, it was decided that it is best for Michael if he sits out this week."