Due to a side injury, Australia’s right-arm medium-pacer Michael Neser has been ruled out of the forthcoming Test series against Pakistan, forcing selectors to name uncapped pacer Mark Steketee as his replacement.
Queensland, Neser’s local squad, announced in a statement that the 31-year-old has suffered a side injury and that there is no timetable for his comeback. Never was injured during Queensland’s one-day encounter against New South Wales on Monday, according to Queensland.
Mark Steketee, an uncapped pacer, has been called up based on his outstanding performance as the Sheffield Shield’s leading wicket-taker this season, taking 29 wickets at an average of 16.31.
In a statement, Queensland coach Wade Seccombe said it was unfortunate luck for the pacer and wished him a rapid recovery. “It’s unfortunate for Michael, and we’re hoping he recovers quickly,” the coach said.
Never made his Test debut against England in the recently finished Ashes series and has been named in the squad for the three-match series against Pakistan, which begins on March 4 in Rawalpindi.
The Australian team will travel to Pakistan for three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and a one-off Twenty20 International. It will be the first time Pakistan has hosted Australia for an entire series in the last 24 years.
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