Melbourne:Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke will return home from New Zealand for personal reasons, Cricket Australia announced on Monday.
"Michael is attending to personal, non-cricket matters and we ask on his behalf that his privacy be respected," CA general manager Michael Brown said in a statement.
It is not known at this stage how long Clarke will be away from the team, the statement said.
Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) will tomorrow consider whether to select a back-up player to join the squad in New Zealand.
The ongoing five-match ODI series is now levelled 1-1 and the third match will be held at Hamilton on Tuesday.
The two teams will also play a three-Test series, Australian squad for which is due to be announced on Tuesday.