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Australia call up Sean Abbott after five years


Pacer Sean Abbott has been included in the Australia’s T20 squad as other pacer Andrew Tye is ruled out from the series on account of elbow injury. Abbott is expected to earn his first international cap on Sunday in five years.

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32-year old Tye was ruled out of the campaign after barely taking part in Australia’s training session hurting his right elbow on Friday. The seriousness of the injury indicated that Tye would not only miss the Sri Lanka series but also miss the Pakistan series too which is scheduled to happen after Pakistan series.

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The 27-year old Abbott played his last match for Australia national team back in five years ago against South Africa at the SCG in November 2014. He played one ODI and three T20 internationals for Australia. Recently he had travelled to UK as a part of Australia ‘A’.

Abbott took 2 wickets in one ODI and three T20Is for Australia.

The seamer had been in superb form for Sydney Thunder in KFC Big Bash League (BBL) in recent years and he had proven his worth constantly for his domestic team New South Wales in the Marsh Sheffield Shield and One Day Cup competitions so far this season.

But Abbott returns to the national squad having claimed eight wickets at 20.12 in his two Sheffield Shield outings this summer, and five at an economy rate of 3.95 runs per over in his five domestic one-day appearances.

Abbott will join the squad in the second T20I at Brisbane on Wednesday. The first T20I between Australia and Sri Lanka is scheduled to take place on October 27, Sunday at Adelaide.

Australia T20I squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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