Australia Add Xavier Doherty To ODI Squad

Xavier Doherty
Xavier Doherty has been called up to replace Mitchell Marsh in Australia's ODI squad
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Australia have reacted to the news that Mitchell Marsh will miss the One-Day International series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates by calling up Xavier Doherty to replace him.

All-rounder Marsh suffered a hamstring injury during the recent Champions League T20 and has been ruled out of the three-match series.

Left-arm spinner Doherty, who also played in the Champions League in India, has been brought in following the series-opening Twenty20 International in Dubai.

That game saw spinners dominate and it is with that in mind that he has been added to the squad.

"The pitch on Sunday night during the T20 International turned significantly and there is a strong chance we will encounter these conditions during the rest of this series," National Selector Rod Marsh confirmed.

"As such, we have elected to bring Xavier over to Dubai as an extra spinning option," he added.

Doherty, who played for Hobart Hurricanes during the Champions League as they reached the semi-finals, has played four Tests, 54 One-Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for Ausralia.

He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in November 2010 and last played against England in January, taking 51 wickets at an average of 38.96 with a best of four for 28 in his career so far.

The first ODI gets underway in Abu Dhabi later today (7th October) and Australia were already missing Michael Clarke and Shane Watson through injury before the series even began.

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