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Mark Steketee replaces injured Michael Neser in Australia Test squad for Pakistan tour

Queensland rapid Mark Steketee has changed wounded crew-mate Michael Neser in Australia’s 18-male squad for their forthcoming tour of Pakistan.

Neser, who performed his only Examination in Adelaide all through the Ashes, was officially ruled out Wednesday just after struggling a facet strain in Queensland’s 50-around defeat to New South Wales earlier in the 7 days.

Steketee, who hasn’t performed international cricket, experienced been on standby before obtaining the nod and he will spearhead Queensland in their Sheffield Shield match from Victoria beginning on Friday. Legspinner Mitchell Swepson, who is element of Australia’s squad, will also line up for Queensland.

Steketee is this season’s Sheffield Defend leading wicket taker with 29 wickets at 16.31 from 5 matches. He has been on the fringes of a Test get in touch with up previously possessing been component of Australia’s squad for last year’s Test tour of South Africa, which was cancelled.

South Australia speedy bowler Brendan Doggett, who is uncapped for Australia, has also been named as a standby player for the Pakistan tour and will sign up for the squad upcoming 7 days as include. New South Wales bowling allrounder Sean Abbott is also on standby but has been on the sidelines as he recovers from a facet pressure.

The 1st Test amongst Australia and Pakistan begins on March 4 in Rawalpindi.

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (capt), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (vice-capt), Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.

Standby: Brendan Doggett, Sean Abbott