Pakistan v Australia 2010 July 2, 2010

Hopes replaces Christian for T20s

Cricinfo staff

The allrounder James Hopes has been added to Australia's Twenty20 squad for the two matches against Pakistan as a replacement for Dan Christian who injured his calf playing for Hampshire.

Christian picked up the problem against Gloucestershire at Bristol and hasn't been able to recover in time for the matches on July 5 and 6 at Edgbaston. He had struggled to make an impact for Hampshire with eight runs in three innings and two wickets.

"It is unfortunate for Dan Christian that he's ruled out of this series through injury," said Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of the national selection panel. "James Hopes is being brought in to the Twenty20 squad and is an ideal replacement with the flexibility he gives us with both bat and ball."

Christian has played three Twenty20 internationals and was part of Australia's squad for the World Twenty20 in West Indies but didn't make an appearance during the tournament.