Australia call for Cutting

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 19:14 GMT

Ben Cutting has been added to Australia's one-day international squad as cover for fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson ahead of Friday's third match with Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

Cutting: Back in Australia squad
Cutting: Back in Australia squad

Starc was left out of the team for Australia's eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide on Sunday with a calf injury, while Johnson missed the loss due to a side strain.

Australia's chairman of selectors John Inverarity said Starc and Johnson should be fit for the third match, but Cutting has been brought in just in case.

Cutting took three wickets for the Brisbane Heat as they upset the Melbourne Renegades in yesterday's Big Bash League semi-final.

While the Heat will be frustrated at potentially losing Cutting for the BBL final, Inverarity has made it clear the 25-year-old will be released in time if he is not required by Australia.

"Ben is here in Brisbane as a precaution due to Johnson and Starc coming back from injury," Inverarity said.

"If both pace bowlers prove their fitness to play as expected, Ben will re-join the Brisbane Heat on Friday afternoon for the Big Bash League Final."

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