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Nov 15, 2010 at 01:15pm IST

McKay in for Starc as Aus-A take on Eng

Sydney: Clint McKay has been called up as a replacement for injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc in the Australia A team to play England in this week's Ashes tour match in Hobart, selectors said.

Starc, who played a starring role along with McKay in Australia's one-day international win over Sri Lanka in Brisbane earlier this month, has a side strain and is out for four weeks.

It is England's final tour lead-up game before the Ashes series opener against Australia in Brisbane on November 25.

McKay in for Starc as Aus-A take on Eng

Starc has a side strain and is out for four weeks.

McKay was summoned into the Australia A squad when likely replacement Ryan Harris developed swelling after recent knee surgery after playing for Queensland in last weekend's Sheffield Shield.

"Mitchell's departure from the squad provides Clint with another opportunity to press his claims," chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said in a statement. "He also bowled well in the third match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka and has been a regular member around Australia's limited-overs squads for some time now and we know he will be looking forward to this challenge against England."

It is the second change in the Australia-A team after Shaun Marsh was replaced by Tasmanian opening batsman Ed Cowan. Marsh injured his lower back during the Sri Lankan ODI series and it has not healed fully for him to play against England, a team spokesman said.

Revised Australia-A Team: Cameron White (c), Tim Paine, Mark Cameron, Callum Ferguson, Peter George, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ed Cowan, Steve O'Keefe, Steve Smith, Clint McKay

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