The Ashes 2013-14 November 27, 2013

McDermott and Richardson pulled from England tour game

ESPNcricinfo staff

The bowling attack England will face in the two-day tour match in Alice Springs this week has been weakened further, with the withdrawal of Alister McDermott and Kane Richardson. The two fast men will return to play for their states in this week's round of Sheffield Shield matches and have been replace by Victoria's Jayde Herrick and Western Australia's Simon Mackin.

McDermott and Richardson would have been the two strongest members of the pace attack. Richardson made his one-day international debut for Australia against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval in January and McDermott has also been part of Australia squads, although he is yet to play a match for his country.

Herrick, 28, has not played for Victoria this summer but has taken 77 first-class wickets at 31.55, and played for Victoria against the touring England side in a practice match on the 2010-11 Ashes tour. Mackin, 21, holds a Western Australia rookie contract but is yet to represent the Warriors in a first XI match.

Michael Beer will captain the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI for the two-day match at Traeger Park in Alice Springs, which runs from Friday to Saturday this week.

CA Chairman's XI Steve Cazzulino, Marcus Harris, Michael Hill, Alex Keath, Jake Doran, Ashton Turner, James Muirhead, Michael Beer (capt), Josh Lalor, Jayde Herrick, Simon Mackin, Luke Robins (NT).

Comments have now been closed for this article