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Australia replaces injured Michael Neser with Mark Steketee for Pakistan tour

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Australia replaces injured Michael Neser with Mark Steketee for Pakistan tour

Due to Michael Neser’s injury, Australia has called up uncapped paceman Mark Steketee for their forthcoming trip to Pakistan.

Neser, who made his Test debut against England during the last Ashes series, developed a side strain while bowling for his state in Australia’s domestic one-day league earlier this week and will be allowed time to recover. Steketee, who currently leads Australia’s Sheffield Shield tournament with 29 wickets, will take his position.

On Monday, Michael Neser was ejected off the field during New South Wales’ one-day victory at the Gabba. When he returned to the field after a long rain delay, he was only able to bowl twice. After spending most of January with the national squad, Neser has only bowled five times in 2022 after making his Test debut against England in Adelaide in December.

Brendan Doggett, another uncapped paceman, has been added to Australia’s plethora of fast bowling options for new skipper Pat Cummins. With Jhye Richardson opting out of the historic visit of Pakistan, Australia now has six speed bowling options for the series.

For Australia’s first Test trip to Pakistan in 24 years, Cummins will not only rely on the veteran combo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, but will also be joined by Scott Boland, Steketee, and maybe Doggett.

The trip will begin and conclude in Rawalpindi, with the first Test scheduled for March 4-8 and the four white-ball matches slated for March 29-April 5.

Squad Australia:

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 on call.

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