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Abbott called up to join Australia's T20 squad

26 October 2019

Sydney Sixers bowler Sean Abbott has been added to Australia's T20 squad and is in line for his first international cap in five years after fellow seamer Andrew Tye was sidelined by injury.

Tye was on Saturday ruled out of the three-match Gillette T20 Series against Sri Lanka after sustaining an elbow injury during a fielding drill at Adelaide Oval last Friday.

Australia won the first game of the series in Adelaide on Sunday by 134 runs and Abbott will now join the high-flying Aussie squad in Brisbane for Wednesday’s second game.

Abbott, 27, who was part of the Australia A tour to the UK earlier this year and is an integral part of the Sixers, has played one ODI and three T20 internationals for Australia, the most recent of which came against South Africa at the SCG in November 2014.

The New South Wales speedster has been a proven performer in the KFC Big Bash League over recent summers, and has been in brilliant form for the Blues in the Marsh Sheffield Shield and One Day Cup competitions so far this season.

Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch conceded that Tye's skills-set and his vast experience in T20 cricket – particularly bowling during the pressure-cooker 'death overs' – will be difficult to replace.

But Abbott returns to the national squad having claimed eight wickets at 20.12 in his two Shield outings this summer, and five at an economy rate of 3.95 runs per over in his five domestic one-day appearances.