John Hastings to replace Mitchell Marsh for second ODI
Mitchell has taken part in all the six Tests of the Australian summer and the selectors have decided that it was time to offer him a rest keeping in mind the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
Hastings made his international debut for Australia in 2010 and has played 13 ODIs so far and has 11 wickets at an average of 44.27.
Australian selector Rod Marsh is confident that Hastings will be able to replicate his form in the ongoing KFC Big Bash League (BBL) at the international level.
“Mitch is a tremendous asset to Australian cricket and we are conscious of managing his workload and his travel, especially with so much cricket to come during the rest of this summer and beyond.
“By taking this decision we have opted to give him an extra day at home in Perth after match one, before he flies to Melbourne on Thursday to prepare for Sunday’s third match of the series.
“In John Hastings we have a high-quality replacement, a player who has been in excellent form for the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing KFC BBL.
“John also showed his quality with a match-winning spell of 3-21 in the decisive One-Day International of the series against England in Manchester in September, so we know what he can do if called upon.”
The chairman of the Australian selectors also added that Hastings will be on the standby as well in case there is any injury to the other fast bowlers during the remaining matches of the ongoing ODI series.
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