Abbott, Pattinson replace Cummins in A-side

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Fast bowlers Sean Abbott and James Pattinson will replace Pat Cummins in the upcoming Australia A tour to India this month.

Cummins has joined the Australian Ashes squad on the Tour of the British Isles following the retirement of fast bowler Ryan Harris.

Abbott will replace Cummins in the Australia A four-day squad, which is scheduled to play two four-day matches against India A starting 22 July in Chennai. Abbott will remain in India for the one-day component of the tour, having already been named in the Australia A one-day squad.

Pattinson, who has commenced bowling after injuring his hamstring in March, will replace Cummins in the one-day squad.

National Selector Rod Marsh said: "Sean and James are both quality young fast bowlers and we’re pleased to be giving them this opportunity in the challenging conditions of the sub-continent.

"This is an important part of James’ recovery from injury, which has been progressing nicely under the guidance of our medical staff.

"Sean is a promising quick and this series will give him further international experience following last year’s tour of the UAE when he made his Australian debut."

Tasmanian quick Andrew Fekete, who is part of Australia A’s four-day squad, has also been placed on stand-by for the one-day matches.

Australia A will play two four-day matches against India A starting 22 July in Chennai. Australia A will then play a one-day tri-series against India A and South Africa A starting 5 August.

Four-day squad: captain Usman Khawaja (QLD), vc Matthew Wade (VIC), Sean Abbott (NSW), Ashton Agar (WA), Cameron Bancroft (WA), Joe Burns (QLD), Andrew Fekete (TAS), Peter Handscomb (VIC), Travis Head (SA), Nic Maddinson (NSW), Glenn Maxwell (VIC), Stephen O'Keefe (NSW), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), Marcus Stoinis (VIC)

One-Day squad: Usman Khawaja (QLD), vc Matthew Wade (VIC), Sean Abbott (NSW), Ashton Agar (WA), Cameron Boyce (QLD), Joe Burns (QLD), Nathan Coulter-Nile (WA), Callum Ferguson (SA), Peter Handscomb (VIC), Travis Head (SA), Chris Lynn (QLD), James Pattinson (VIC), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), Adam Zampa (SA). Stand-by: Andrew Fekete (TAS)

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