Due to Michael Neser’s injury, Australia has made a change to their fast bowling lineup for their forthcoming tour to Pakistan, calling up uncapped paceman Mark Steketee.
Neser, who made his Test debut during the last Ashes series against England, developed a side strain while bowling for his state in Australia’s domestic one-day league earlier this week and will be given time to recover. Steketee, who has 29 wickets this season in Australia’s Sheffield Shield tournament, will take his spot.
On Monday, Michael Neser was pulled off the field during a one-day game won by New South Wales at the Gabba. When he returned to the field after a lengthy rain delay, he could only bowl twice. Neser, who made his Test debut against England in Adelaide in December, has only bowled five times in 2022 after spending most of January with the national squad.
Brendan Doggett, another uncapped paceman, has been placed on standby for the series, adding to Australia’s plethora of fast bowling options for new skipper Pat Cummins. While Jhye Richardson has opted out of the historic visit of Pakistan, Australia now has a total of six fast bowling options for the series.
Cummins will not only rely on the seasoned combo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, but will also be joined by Scott Boland, Steketee, and maybe Doggett for Australia’s first Test visit of Pakistan in 24 years.
The trip will begin and conclude in Rawalpindi, with the first Test scheduled for March 4-8 and the four white-ball matches scheduled for March 29 to April 5.
Australia’s team is as follows:
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner Brendan Doggett is ready to go.