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by John Pennington Sunday 6 September 2015
Australia have added Victorian pair Peter Handscomb and John Hastings to their One-Day International squad to cover injuries to Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Batsman Handscomb and fast bowler Hastings have joined up with the squad already as both have been playing county cricket this summer.
Handscomb, who has not been capped by Australia, has been with Gloucestershire while Hastings, who has one Test, 11 ODI and three Twenty20 International appearances behind him, has impressed for Durham.
He is the leading wicket-taker in the Royal London One-Day Cup with 18 and the pair join fellow Victorian Aaron Finch in being added to the squad.
Finch was earlier confirmed as David Warner's replacement after the left-hander was ruled out of the rest of the series with a fractured thumb.
Watson has a calf injury and Coulter-Nile suffered a hamstring strain during the second ODI at Lord's and both players have bene ruled out of the rest of the series.
Watson also announced his retirement from Test cricket after learning he would play no further part in the tour.
Australia lead the five-match series 2-0 with the third game at Old Trafford on Tuesday 8th September.
Australian coach, Darren Lehmann expressed his regret on missing the experience of Watson, Warner and Coulter-Nile, but at the same time he was excited to have the replacements having already been acclimatised to the English conditions.
"We're disappointed to lose players of the calibre of David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile but we have quality replacements on hand in Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and John Hastings," coach Darren Lehmann said.
"We looked at all options including the possibility of flying in cover from Australia but the fact all three of the players we have drafted in are already in England means they can join us at short notice, be acclimatised to conditions and be available for selection immediately, if required.
"We look forward to them playing their parts in trying to ensure we finish this tour with a victory in the one-day international series against England, starting in Manchester on Tuesday night."
Australia squad: Steven Smith (captain), Ashton Agar, George Bailey, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitch Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade.
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