Cummins, Starc enter ODI squad

17 Nov 2014

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Young quicks Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc has been called in the Australia ODI squad for the final three matches of the series against South Africa.

The 14-player Australian squad

George Bailey (c) TAS
Nathan Coulter-Nile WA
Pat Cummins NSW
Xavier Doherty TAS
James Faulkner TAS
Aaron Finch VIC
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Mitchell Marsh WA
Glenn Maxwellb VIC
Kane Richardson SA
Steve Smith NSW
Mitchell Starc NSW
Matthew Wade VIC
David Warner NSW
Shane Watson NSW

National Selector Rod Marsh said the injured Michael Clarke has not been replaced in the squad by another batsman as selectors felt there was enough batting depth in the current line-up to provide sufficient cover for the remaining matches of the series.

Marsh said paceman Mitchell Johnson will not take any further part in the series as he prepares for the Commonwealth Bank Test series against India beginning on 4 December in Brisbane.

New South Wales paceman Pat Cummins returns to the One Day International squad for the first time since June 2012 following strong performances for his state and Australia at Twenty20 level.

His NSW teammate Mitchell Starc has also been called into the squad following a minor groin strain.

All-rounder James Faulkner has also been included in the squad for the fourth and fifth matches of the series once he finishes playing for Tasmania in its Bupa Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia which finishes this coming Wednesday 19 November.

Fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will remain with the squad for the third match of the series in Canberra before returning to Perth to link up with Western Australia ahead of round four of the Shield.

Commenting on the squad, Rod Marsh said:

"We have chosen not to replace Michael Clarke in the squad with another batsman. After considering the situation we believe we have enough batting depth for the next three matches of this series without calling in another player.

"We have decided to add two extra pace options to the squad with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. That also gives us the opportunity to ensure Mitchell Johnson is fresh and well prepared ahead of the first Test against India.

"Pat Cummins impressed in his return to Australian duty in the recent T20 Series and Mitch Starc has been in good form since his return from the UAE.

"We have opted to add Xavier Doherty to the squad as our spinning option. He is a seasoned campaigner in good form and his ODI record speaks for itself."

Matthew Wade will remain with the squad in the wicket-keeping role due to Brad Haddin's injury.

The South Africans are ranked second on the ICC's ODI rankings table with Australia sitting one place below them in third position. If Australia wins the series it will move to second place in the ICC's ODI standings.