Australian paceman Mitchell Starc says the decision to rest him from the Boxing Day Test was the right one for the team, even though he was disappointed to miss out.
The young left-armer is expected to return to the side for the final Test against Sri Lanka at the SCG later this week.
It will be Starc's first Test at his home ground in Sydney.
He was philosophical about missing out on what would have been his first Boxing Day Test in Melbourne which finished in just over two and a half days on Friday.
"If it went five days, I could have ended up bowling 50 overs or 40 overs, so it was the right decision for the team at the time," Starc said.
Starc said last week he was "shattered" to miss the Boxing Day showdown and asked again on Sunday if he was disappointed to miss out in Melbourne, he said: "Absolutely, any player who misses a Test is going to be disappointed. But it's all about the team. It was the right decision for my wellbeing and the team as well."
Starc wasn't surprised that his replacement for the Boxing Day Test, debutant Jackson Bird, got among the wickets.
"It was no real surprise that he's taken wickets at Test level, he's done it at domestic level for two years now," Starc said
He was rendered speechless when he found out on Saturday that middle order batting linchpin Michael Hussey would be making the SCG Test his last.
"It was quite a shock, hopefully we can send him out the way he deserves," Starc said.