D'Arcy Short included in Australia's squad for India as replacement for Sean Abbott

Sport360 staff 15:17 30/12/2019
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D’Arcy short has been named as Sean Abbott’s replacement for Australia’s upcoming tour of India for an ODI series.

Abbott has been ruled out after picking up a side strain during the Big Bash League (BBL) clash between Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.

Short, who bowls some handy leg-spin, will replace the fast bowling all-rounder for the three-match ODI series which begins on January 14.

“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,” Cricket Australia selection chief 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.”

Short has made four ODI and 20 T20I appearances for Australia so far, but has recently fallen out of favour in the international limited-overs setup. His last Australia outing came against India in a T20 clash in February, this year.

Australia are aiming to make it back-to-back ODI series wins on Indian soil. They had come back from 0-2 down to win the five-match series by 3-2 earlier this year.

The first ODI between the two sides will take place at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai with Rajkot (January 17) and Bengaluru (January 19) set to host the remaining matches.

AUSTRALIA ODI SQUAD

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short.

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