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Pat Cummins replaces Mitchell Starc in Australian Test squad

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Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has today confirmed that New South Wales paceman Patrick Cummins will replace Mitchell Starc on the Qantas Tour of India, after Starc was forced out of the series with a stress fracture to his foot.

Speaking on the decision, National Selector Trevor Hohns said, “It’s unfortunate to lose Mitch out of the squad in India. In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike bowling replacement option.”

“Pat has impressed in his return to cricket this summer with consistent performances in his ODI, Twenty20 International and Big Bash matches. He has also had a very good Sheffield Shield return for New South Wales, after six years off, where he made a notable Shield best 4-57 in the first innings, before bettering those figures in the second innings with 4-47 in his man-of-the-match performance,” concluded Hohns.

Cummins will join up with the Australia Squad later this evening, with the third Test against India to commence on Thursday.