Starc called up as injury cover

  • Last Updated: July 8 2012, 15:53 BST

Australia have called up left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc as cover during the remainder of the NatWest Series while they assess Brett Lee and Shane Watson's calf injuries.

Mitchell Starc: Will provide injury cover

The tourists, 3-0 down against England with just the final one-day international to come at Old Trafford on Tuesday, are hoping to discover the extent of fast bowler Lee and batting all-rounder Watson's injuries after scans.

Both pulled up sore while bowling in Saturday's eight-wicket defeat at Chester-le-Street and were unable to complete their spells and had to leave the field.

Starc, 22, last played for his country in the Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean three months ago.

He is due to play the final match of a short spell with Yorkshire in Sunday's last set of group fixtures in the Friends Life t20.

An Australia team spokesman said: "We have called up Mitchell Starc as cover, because we are still assessing the two injured players."