Sixers all-rounder Sean Abbott has earned further recognition of his rising star in the game after being drafted into the Australia A Four-day squad to replace the Ashes bound Pat Cummins.
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Abbott, previously selected in the One-Day squad for the tour of India, will line-up alongside Sixers teammates Stephen O'Keefe and Nic Maddinson in the squad. The side is scheduled to play two four-day matches against India A starting 22 July in Chennai, with Abbott to remain in India for the one-day component of the tour.
Replacing Cummins in the One-day squad will be Test and Melbourne Renegades fast bowler James Pattinson.
Commenting on the announcement, National Selector Rod Marsh said: “Sean and James are both quality young fast bowlers and we’re pleased to be giving them this opportunity in the challenging conditions of the sub-continent
“Sean is a promising quick and this series will give him further international experience following last year’s tour of the UAE when he made his Australian debut.”
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Following a season in which he made his International debut in both One Day and T20 cricket in Pakistan, Abbott was crowned the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.
In ten matches for the Sixers in BBL04 he claimed nine wickets, the equal 9th most for the tournament. His best performance came against the Melbourne Renegades where, despite conceding a six off his first ball of the match, he returned figures of 2-20 from four overs as the Sixers cruised to a seven wicket win against the Melbourne Renegades.
Australia A will play two four-day matches against India A starting 22 July in Chennai. Australia A will then play a one-day tri-series against India A and South Africa A starting 5 August.
Four-day squad: captain Usman Khawaja (QLD), vc Matthew Wade (VIC), Sean Abbott (NSW), Ashton Agar (WA), Cameron Bancroft (WA), Joe Burns (QLD), Andrew Fekete (TAS), Peter Handscomb (VIC), Travis Head (SA), Nic Maddinson (NSW), Glenn Maxwell (VIC), Stephen O'Keefe (NSW), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), Marcus Stoinis (VIC)
One-Day squad: Usman Khawaja (QLD), vc Matthew Wade (VIC), Sean Abbott (NSW), Ashton Agar (WA), Cameron Boyce (QLD), Joe Burns (QLD), Nathan Coulter-Nile (WA), Callum Ferguson (SA), Peter Handscomb (VIC), Travis Head (SA), Chris Lynn (QLD), James Pattinson (VIC), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), Adam Zampa (SA)