Melbourne - Peter Handscomb and John Hastings have been added to Australia's squad for
the remainder of the one-day series against England, officials announced on
The Victoria pair have been drafted in to replace all-rounder Shane Watson
(calf strain) and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile (hamstring) who both suffered
series-ending injuries in Australia's 64-run win over England at Lord's on
Sunday - a result that put the world champions 2-0 up with three to play.
They join state colleague Aaron Finch, who was called up on Saturday after
David Warner suffered a broken left thumb batting at Lord's.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann said: "We're disappointed to lose
players of the calibre of David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile
but we have quality replacements on hand in Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and
"We looked at all options including the possibility of flying in cover
from Australia, but the fact all three of the players we have drafted in are
already in England means they can join us at short notice, be acclimatised to
conditions and be available for selection immediately, if required.
"We look forward to them playing their parts in trying to ensure we
finish this tour with a victory in the one-day international series against
England, starting in Manchester on Tuesday night."
Handscomb, 24, has been playing county cricket for Gloucestershire during
the northern summer and also toured India with Australia A earlier this year,
while Hastings, 29, has spent the off-season playing county cricket for Durham.
Batsman-wicketkeeper Handscomb has yet to feature at senior international
level while Hastings has played one Test - against South Africa in Perth in
November/December 2012 - as well as 11 one-day Internationals and three
The 28-year-old Finch has been playing county cricket for Yorkshire after
recovering from a foot injury.
Earlier this year he was a member of the Australia squad that lifted the
World Cup on home soil and he made 135 in the team's opening match win over
England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
John Hastings said: "It's a little bit of a surprise as I haven't
played for Australia since 2012 but I never gave up hope and thought that if I
kept on doing the right things then I would have a chance.
"I've been lucky enough to have done fairly well for Durham and I'm
very excited...Whether I get a game, I'm not sure, but if I do then I'll be
giving it my all."
Handscomb added: "It's a big shock and I definitely didn't see it
coming but I'm thrilled to get the call.
"I had a good season at home and have been trying to back it up and
I've been lucky enough to be here in England so it might be a case of (being in
the) right place (at the) right time.
"Being involved with the A squad in India earlier this year was an
awesome experience. I'm feeling good, and I can't wait to join up with the rest
of the players."