Abbott, Pattinson in Australia A squad
Fast bowlers Sean Abbott and James Pattinson have been included in the Australia A squad for the team's upcoming tour of India next month. Both players were called as replacements for Pat Cummins, who was drafted into Australia's Ashes squad following the retirement of Ryan Harris.
Pattinson, whose already truncated 2014-15 season was ended by a hamstring injury in March, will replace Cummins in the one-day squad, while Abbott will take Cummins' place for the two four-day games. Tasmania seamer Andrew Fekete, who was already a part of Australia A's four-day squad, has also been placed on stand-by for the one-day matches.
"This is an important part of James' recovery from injury, which has been progressing nicely under the guidance of our medical staff," national selector Rod Marsh said. "Sean and James are both quality young fast bowlers and we're pleased to be giving them this opportunity in the challenging conditions of the sub-continent.
"Sean is a promising quick and this series will give him further international experience following last year's tour of the UAE when he made his Australian debut."
Constant injuries have meant that Pattinson, 25, has played just 13 Tests since making his debut in 2011. He last played for Australia in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March 2014, after which he spent time recovering from a serious back injury. Pattinson eventually made a return to competitive cricket with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League last year, and also played three Sheffield Shield matches for Victoria in February and March. He is currently in Brisbane playing in a series of practice matches for the National Performance Squad against the National Indigenous Squad.
Australia A will play two four-day matches against India A starting July 22 in Chennai, followed by a one-day tri-series also involving South Africa A.
Australia A four-day squad: Usman Khawaja (capt), Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Andrew Fekete, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O'Keefe, Gurinder Sandhu, Marcus Stoinis
Australia A one-day squad: Usman Khawaja, Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Boyce, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Callum Ferguson, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, James Pattinson, Gurinder Sandhu, Adam Zampa. Stand-by: Andrew Fekete