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Australia call up Short to replace Abbott for India tour

Last updated on: December 30, 2019 15:36 IST
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Australia will play three ODIs in India, beginning with Mumbai on January 14 before matches in Rajkot (January 17) and Bengaluru (January 19).

D'Arcy Short

IMAGE: D'Arcy Short replaced the injured Sean Abbott for Australia's tour of India next month, involving three ODIs. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Australia have added D'Arcy Short to their one-day squad for next month's tour of India after seam bowler Sean Abbott was ruled out of the trip with a side strain, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday.

 

Abbott suffered the injury playing for Sydney Sixers in Friday's Big Bash League match against Sydney Thunder and will be sidelined for up to four weeks.

"It is extremely unfortunate for Sean, who is very much a part of our white ball squad plans leading into the ICC T20 World Cup and the World Cup," national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

"D'Arcy offers the squad another spinning all-rounder option along with Ashton Agar, which along with the four world class fast bowlers and Adam Zampa balances the squad out nicely.

"His proven record and ability to bat anywhere in the order will also be a great asset to the squad."

Australia will play three One-Day Internationals in India, beginning with Mumbai on January 14 before matches in Rajkot (January 17) and Bengaluru (January 19).

The last time Australia toured India for an ODI series was before the 2019 World Cup when they shocked the hosts 3-2 after being 0-2 down in the series.

David Warner and Steve Smith will also be touring India for the first time with the Australian team since the ball-tampering scandal.

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