Cummins called up to replace Starc

Cummins hasn’t played Test cricket in more than five years

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Australia have brought in pace bowler Pat Cummins to replace left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc for the remainder of the ongoing Test series against India.

Starc was ruled out for the rest of the series after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot, which he sustained in the second Test in Bangalore.

Cummins’ call-up to the Test squad is a bit of a surprise considering that he has not featured in the longest format since making his debut against South Africa in November 2011.

But, in his first Sheffield Shield appearance since the final of the first-class competition in 2011, Cummins recorded figures of 4-57 and 4-47.

“In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike bowling replacement option,” interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said. “Pat has impressed in his return to cricket this summer with consistent performances in his ODI, Twenty20 International and Big Bash matches. He has also had a very good Sheffield Shield return for New South Wales, after six years off, where he made a notable Shield best 4-57 in the first innings, before bettering those figures in the second innings with 4-47 in his man-of-the-match performance.”

India and Australia are currently tied at 1-1 heading into the third Test in Ranchi on March 16.

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