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Aug 16, 2012 at 01:41pm IST

McDermott added to Aus squad for UAE

Alister McDermott is set to follow his father Craig into international cricket after being added to Australia's squad for the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The 21-year-old McDermott, who was the leading wicket-taker in Australia's domestic one-day competition last season, replaces Clint McKay in the squad for the three-match series after the bowler pulled a hamstring during a practice match in Darwin.

"Alister was impressive in all formats last summer and bowled very well for Australia A against Durham last week," said national selector John Inverarity. "He is a very fit and disciplined young man who bowls with good sense and good control."

McDermott added to Aus squad for UAE

Craig McDermott's son Alister has replaced injured bowler Clint McKay for the ODI series against Pakistan.

His father Craig played 71 Tests and 138 ODIs from 1984-1996, and in a year-long stint as head bowling coach, oversaw Australia's 4-0 whitewash of India in the Test series earlier this year before stepping down in May.

The younger McDermott, who shares his father's red hair and possesses a similar bowling action, has raised big expectations in Australia since winning a rookie contract with Queensland state when still at high school.

Australia play their first ODI against Pakistan on August 28 at Sharjah.

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