Perth: All-rounder Shane Watson was dropped from the Australian playing XI for their World Cup Pool A encounter against Afghanistan at the WACA here.
Shane Watson walks after being dismissed against New Zealand
The 33-year-old was replaced by left-arm bowling all-rounder James Faulkner, who has made a comeback following an injury.
"Faulkner's in for Shane Watson which is a big decision but it's one we thought we had to make because in Shane's last 10 one-day games he's got 220 runs at an average of 22," National Selection Panel chairman Rod Marsh was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
"Unfortunately, he's been getting starts but hasn't been going on with it and we had to fit James in and someone had to go.
"I'm not saying it was a choice between any players but it just happened to be Shane's time to go for this particular match," he added.