Australia vs Pakistan: Australia has called up uncapped bowler Mark Steketee as the replacement of the injured Micahel Neser for the Pakistan tour. The 28-year-old will now be a part of the Test series and might even get his maiden international cap for Australia.
Michael Neser sustained a side strain while playing for Queensland against New South Wales in the Marsh Cup. He went out of the field after bowling just one delivery. He also sustained the injury during the mid-innings warm-up game where he managed just two deliveries with the new ball before leaving the field.
This will be the second time Steketee will be part of Australia’s squad. He was named in Australia’s squad for South Africa tour in 2021 which was later canceled.
“Steketee replaces Michael Neser who was today ruled out with a side strain. He’ll play this week’s #SheffieldShield game against Victoria before joining the Australian squad. Brendan Doggett will also join the squad next week as cover #PAKvAUS,” Cricket Australia tweeted.
Cricket Australia (CA) also named two stand-by players for the series in the form of Brendan Doggett (uncapped) and Sean Abbott.
Australia will be off to Pakistan with a full-strength squad, which is also the first time after Justin Langer stepped down as Australia’s head coach.
Steketee stated that he was thankful after being named in Australia’s squad, after having been included as a reserve for the Pakistan tour.
“It’s obviously nice to know that (I’m) still in and around that squad,” Steketee said.
“They bowled beautifully throughout the summer, anyone that came in bowled really well – Jhye, Ness, and (Scott) Boland did exceptionally well.
“It’s a tough side to crack into at the moment but that’s how it should be, that’s what makes Australian cricket strong” he added.
The first Test between Australia and Pakistan will get underway from March 4 at Rawalpindi.