Brad Haddin has not played for Australia for nearly a year but is set to return to international ranks in the one-dayers against Sri Lanka this month.

Haddin will replace wicket- keeper Matthew Wade, who will be rested before the gruelling tours of India and England this year.

Describing Haddin and Wade as Australia's best two wicket-keeper-batsmen, national selector John Inverarity indicated that the 35-year-old remained ahead of Tasmania's two-Test keeper Tim Paine and reliable Queenslander Chris Hartley.

"We consider that the best two wicket-keeper-batsmen in the country are Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin," Inverarity said.

"There is a very good chance that Haddin will be called up to play the one-day series."

Haddin's last international was the fourth Test against India in Adelaide last season.

He gave up his Test place to Wade in the West Indies in March when he returned home from the tour to care for his ill daughter.

Speaking at a University of NSW Cricket Club breakfast, Inverarity suggested that Michael Clarke would also be rested as he attempts to get his troublesome hamstring right before next month's India tour.

Inverarity refused to reveal whether Haddin was being considered to lead the one-day team in the likely absence of Clarke and his injured deputy Shane Watson, but said it was important to maintain "continuity of captaincy".

That increases the prospects of Twenty20 skipper George Bailey taking the one-day helm.

Team performance manager Pat Howard used the breakfast to defend Cricket Australia's contentious pace-rotation policy which he said applied only to young bowlers and that senior players Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle would continue to be picked on merit. Howard said his England opposite number, Hugh Morris, had told him Australia were only 18 months behind England in their application of sports science programs.

"The rotation policy only really applies to bowlers under 25," Howard said.

"Johnson, Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and others like that, we can just let them go because fast bowling is not such a problem for older players.

"They are stronger and less likely to break. But then when you get to bowlers who are over the other side of 30, like Ryan Harris, then you can have problems as well."

The West Australian

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