Champions League Twenty20 Show Helps Xavier Doherty Clinch Australia ODI Berth

Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty played for Hobart Hurricanes in the Champions League Twenty20.

Updated: October 07, 2014 13:56 IST
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File photo of Xavier Doherty with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel has called up Tasmanian off-spinner Xavier Doherty into the One Day International (ODI) squad for the tour of the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan as cover for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who is continuing to recover from a hamstring injury. Doherty was part of the Champions League twenty20 in India recently.

National selector Rod Marsh said on Tuesday: "The team's medical staff have now confirmed that Mitchell Marsh will not take part in any of the ODI Series following his hamstring injury. As selectors we have decided to replace him with Xavier for this component of the tour.

"The pitch on Sunday night 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 Twenty20 and is an experienced campaigner."

Doherty will arrive in Dubai on Wednesday morning, train with the squad on Thursday and be available for selection for the second ODI against Pakistan on Friday.

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