Henriques Out, McDonald And Cockley In
All-rounder Moises Henriques has become the fifth Australian player to be ruled out of the ongoing One-Day International series in India and he is set to join James Hopes, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, and Peter Siddle back in Australia.
Victorian all-rounder Andrew McDonald and New South Wales fast bowler Burt Cockley are flying to India to cover for Australia's injury-hit squad.
Henriques picked up a hamstring strain during the fourth ODI in Mohali, which Australia won by 24 runs to level the series at 2-2 with three matches to play.
"Moises complained of some discomfort after the fourth ODI in Mohali. He had an MRI scan when we arrived in Hyderabad which showed signs of injury to the right hamstring," physio Kevin Sims said in a statement.
"The medical staff believe the injury will not recover sufficiently for him to participate in the last week of the tour and therefore we have decided he will return to Australia where he will continue his treatment."
The National Selection Panel (NSP) was already meeting to decide whether to send out a replacement for Siddle when the news of Henriques' injury broke and have covered themselves by sending out two replacements.
"In view of the injury to Moises Henriques together with the ongoing player workload concerns of the players currently in India, the NSP has decided to add Andrew McDonald and Burt Cockley to the squad for the balance of the team's tour," NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch explained.
"Andrew played very well for Victoria in the recent Champions League in India, was in very good form in the first Sheffield Shield game scoring a hundred and bowling impressively on a batsman friendly Adelaide wicket and backing that up with a dominant display in tonight's Ford Ranger Cup match. We are sure that Andrew will grab his opportunity and perform well in the Australian one-day set up.
"Burt is someone who the NSP has identified in the last 12 months as someone who could have an impact at international level. He performed well in the recent Ford Ranger Cup game against Western Australia and we think he will be well suited to Indian conditions.
"This is a great opportunity for a young Australian fast bowler to have an impact at the international level."
Henriques was originally sent out as a replacement for Hopes earlier in the series and Australia were already missing Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Callum Ferguson, and Brad Haddin before the series had even begun.
The fifth match in Hyderabad is on 5th November.
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