Cummins named replacement for injured Starc

Steven Smith

Australia and New South Wales fast bowler Pat Cummins has earned a Test call-up after just one match of his Sheffield Shield comeback, as he joins the squad as a replacement for injured quick Mitchell Starc.

An impressive all-round display in his Sheffield Shield return for New South Wales at the SCG this week has motivated selectors to include him in the 16-man squad. Provided he is completely fit and fresh he has every chance of being included in the playing eleven for the third Test that begins at Ranchi on Thursday, with series leveled at 1-all.

“In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike bowling replacement option,” Hohns said.

“Pat has impressed in his return to cricket this summer with consistent performances in his ODI, Twenty20 International and Big Bash matches. He has also had a very good Sheffield Shield return for New South Wales, after six years off, where he made a notable Shield best 4-57 in the first innings, before bettering those figures in the second innings with 4-47 in his man-of-the-match performance.”

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The 23-year-old has not played a Test since his memorable debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2011, where he collected Man of the Match honors and also helped his side secure a thrilling two-wicket win over the Proteas.

Previously, Mitchell Starc had been ruled out of the remainder of the India series due to a stress fracture in his right foot, which was revealed in scans conducted on Friday (March 10).

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