Pakistan v Australia 2012 August 16, 2012

McDermott replaces injured McKay for ODIs


The Queensland fast bowler Alister McDermott is set to follow his father Craig in becoming an international cricketer after being added to the squad for Australia's ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE. McDermott has replaced Clint McKay for the one-day portion of the tour after McKay suffered a hamstring strain during an intra-squad practice match at Australia's team camp in Darwin at the weekend.

McKay's fitness for the Twenty20 matches in the UAE remains uncertain but he has been named in the 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20, which starts in Sri Lanka in mid-September. McKay has been Australia's leading wicket taker in one-day internationals this year, with 27 victims at 23.88, and was also the best performer in their attack during the recent ODI series against England.

"Clint sustained a hamstring strain during the first intra-squad practice match in Darwin and will not recover in time to play in the one-day component of the series in the UAE," Alex Kountouris, Australia's physio, said. "He will be reassessed over the week to determine his availability for the T20 component of the UAE tour against Pakistan."

The three-match T20 series against Pakistan begins in Dubai on September 5, after three one-day internationals in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Those matches will provide McDermott, 21, with his first opportunity to represent Australia, and if he makes his debut he will become the fourth Australian after Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Ben Laughlin to follow his father into ODI cricket.

Craig McDermott played 71 Tests and 138 one-day internationals for Australia and until May this year was the team's bowling coach. Alister McDermott has proven himself a valuable fast bowler for Queensland since making his debut at the age of 17, and topped the Ryobi Cup wicket tally last season with 16 victims at 18.87.

"Alister was impressive in all formats last summer and bowled very well for Australia A against Durham last week," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "He is a very fit and disciplined young man who bowls with good sense and good control."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • John on August 17, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    The assembly line of fast bowlers just keeps producing the goods - ENG must be green with envy. Given the undisputed quality of the U-19 stocks also coming through the ranks, AUS will be in a great position in 2-3 years time. I'm not implying we aren't doing OK at the moment though, #2 test ranking is extremely good (ENG back to #3 in a few days), and we'll do well vs. PAK in the UAE (not like that Pommy mob, who surrendered 3-0 with barely a whimper). Speaking of those poor old Poms, it'll be back to basics for them shortly, the poaching will begin anew, instigated by the ECB Trading & Import Co. Realistically, they don't have much choice in the matter, as the local cricketing talent is non-existent in ENG today. It'll be another 10-years of Ashes domination for AUS. We may have recently went through a lean period of rebuilding, but we have a emerged a stronger team under the excellent leadership of Clarke (bet the Poms wish they had him).

  • Varun on August 16, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Why is Ryan Harris being excluded? Is there a fitness problem? He is a very good bowler with a lot of experience, and performs well in the subcontinent: his bowling against Sri Lanka in Australia's tour last year was phenomenal and he has a good IPL record too.

  • Rakesh on August 16, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    During the Sheffield shield 2011-12, he impresses with his ability to swing the ball in longer format. Against Western Australia while chasing 68 runs to win the match, young McDermott took 7 wickets in the 4th inning and almost single handily won the match for Bulls. He also took 6 wickets in 1st inning against Tasmania in the final and helped Queensland to win the closely fought final. During the season he took 28 wickets in just 5 matches. He is also regarded as one of the best 'death' bowlers in limited overs forms of the game in Australian cricket, having shone with the Brisbane Heat in that role in the KFC T20 Big Bash league. Injury to Pat Cummins made a room for a fast bowler in Australia A tour of England and Alister McDermott was duly rewarded.

  • Roo on August 16, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Immad Rahman... Wouldn't worry about greataussie - sounds like a pommy ring-in but could easily be from elsewhere... No real Oz fan would use such a silly name... We have a number of posters claiming to be Oz atm... Most real Aussie cricket fans like the Pakistan players & teams, with a great deal of respect for them - look at the number of players that regularly come over for the shorter format game domestically & some have cult hero statis here...

  • Andrew on August 16, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @straight_drive4 - I wouldn't mind betting a potential conflict of interest with his son is why Craig Mac ditched the bowling coach role! == == == He's at this stage the 2nd best thing to have happenned on the Oz A tour of England, behind Cowan. Good luck to him!

  • Rakesh on August 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    McDermott is not only a swing bowler but he is also a good death bowler. He can also make to test team in near future, good progress by young lad in last 2 years. Luckily for him and Australia he is injury free till now.

  • Matthew on August 16, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    RyanHarrisGreatCricketer, yes he is, but he is an exceptional test cricketer and with his injuries they are keeping him for them. jonesy2, hope you are joking about MJ - he should never be let near an Aus international team, let alone squad, ever again. He had his chance and he admits even his frail mind set can't cope.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Another day, another injury to a pace bowler. Clearly those medical/physio guys know how to treat and manage a players workload!

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @great aussie focus on what's going on?? :P in the under 19 wc pakistan u-19 team beat the hell outof aussies in the warm up games!! so please get your facts right before u speak up...our u-19 team can beat this australian team! :P

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle should have been tried and why the selector again ignore Coulter-Nile should be only known to them...McDermott should be playing domestic and saving himself for a test debut rather than playing these meaningless ODIs

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