Doherty drafted into Australia ODI squad

Australia have called up spinner Xavier Doherty for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE, replacing all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Paceman Marsh was being watched to see if he recovered, but Cricket Australia have opted to rest him ahead of the Tests, and Doherty will arrive in time for the second and third matches.

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said: “The pitch during the T20 International turned significantly and there is a strong chance we will encounter these conditions during the rest of this series.

“As such, we have elected to bring Xavier over to Dubai as an extra spinning option. He performed very well for the Hobart Hurricanes in India during the recent Champions League and is an experienced campaigner.”

Speaking of spin, stand-in skipper George Bailey stated that opposing teams tended to produce turning tracks for the Aussies, banking on their reputation as being poor against slow bowling.

He said: “I still think teams are doctoring their wickets when we come and play to produce very large spinning wickets, which says to me that teams still think that we’re vulnerable against spin.”