Short ruled out of final ODI with McDermott called up

McDermott called up for the third ODI in Canberra on Tuesday after Short suffered a low-grade hamstring injury in the second ODI in Sydney

Alex Malcolm
Alex Malcolm
Ben McDermott led Queensland's recovery with a century, Queensland vs Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Gabba, February 3, 2024

Ben McDermott has been called into the ODI squad after his Sheffield Shield century  •  Getty Images

Queensland batter Ben McDermott has been called into Australia's ODI squad after Matthew Short was ruled out of the third match against West Indies in Canberra on Tuesday due to a low-grade hamstring injury.
Short suffered the injury during Sunday's series-clinching win at the SCG. He made 41 with the bat but was unable to field after suffering the injury while batting.
There are no spare batters left in Australia's squad after Travis Head was sent home to rest following the first ODI at the MCG. McDermott scored a stunning 146 not out for Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania on Saturday. He will link up with the Australia squad in Canberra on Monday.
McDermott has not played an ODI for Australia since the tour of Pakistan in March-April 2022. He made his first and only ODI century on that tour. He did play for Australia in the recent T20I series in India following the World Cup and made 54 off 36 in the final T20I in Bengaluru.
Australia will also be without Josh Hazlewood in Canberra as he is set to remain in Sydney before linking up with the T20I squad in Hobart ahead of Friday's first T20I against West Indies.
Spencer Johnson has also been called into the squad while Xavier Bartlett is likely to return to the side after being rested from the match in Sydney following his stunning debut in Melbourne.
Australia's selectors will likely need to add at least one more batter to the T20I squad given Head has been rested from the entire series and Short will be in doubt with his hamstring injury.

Alex Malcolm is an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo