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Pat Cummins Replaces Injured Mitchell Starc in Australia Squad

Press Trust of India | Updated: March 11, 2017, 11:56 AM IST
Pat Cummins Replaces Injured Mitchell Starc in Australia Squad

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Ranchi: Paceman Patrick Cummins has replaced injured Mitchell Starc in the Australian squad for the remainder of the Test series against India, Cricket Australia announced on Saturday.

Starc was forced out of the series due to a stress fracture to his foot.

Cummins has played only one Test in his career. Competing against South Africa in 2011, he took seven wickets, including six for 79 in the second innings to shape Australia's close two-wicket win.

"It's unfortunate to lose Mitch out of the squad in India. In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike bowling replacement option," national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

"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," Hohns concluded.

Also Read: Mitchell Starc Out of India Series Due to Foot Fracture

Cummins will join the Australian squad on Saturday itself. The third Test begins on Thursday.

First Published: March 11, 2017, 11:54 AM IST

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