Chester-Le-Street: Australia have called up left-arm quick Mitchell Starc into their squad for Tuesday's fifth and final one-day international against England at Old Trafford, it was announced on Sunday.
The 22-year-old, already in England where he has been performing well for county side Yorkshire, was drafted in after both fast bowler Brett Lee and seam bowling allrounder Shane Watson suffered calf injuries in a thumping eight wicket-loss at the Riverside on Saturday.
Watson bowled just one over before leaving the field while Lee went off two balls into his second spell. Australia's latest heavy defeat gave England a series-winning 3-0 lead after Wednesday's match in Birmingham was washed out without a ball bowled.
"We have called up Mitchell Starc as cover because we are still assessing the two injured players," an Australia team spokesman told AFP. Prior to Saturday's match, Australia had seen teenage quick Pat Cummins return home early from the tour with a side strain while left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson did not play at the Riverside because of soreness in his right foot.
Starc, who is due to join up with Australia after playing for Yorkshire in a domestic Twenty20 match on Sunday, has taken nine wickets in his seven one-day internationals at an average of just over 30 apiece. His last ODI appearance was against India in Brisbane in February but he played the last of his four Tests to date against the West Indies in Roseau in April, where he took two wickets for 29 runs in the first innings.
In the current one-day series against England, Australia's bowlers have managed a mere 11 wickets between them. "I'd like to see more of their (England's) batting order, that's for sure," said Australia captain Michael Clarke after Saturday's latest defeat. "We can't get through the top three or four at the moment. We haven't taken wickets - Clint McKay's been really our only wicket-taker. I don't care what form of the game it is, you've got to get blokes out. If you want to slow the scoring you take wickets - that's always been my attitude in any form of the game," he added.
"It's been very disappointing that we haven't been able to bowl England out. Credit to them -- they've used the conditions better, bowled very consistent areas to build up pressure."