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Australia rope in Handscomb, Hastings

Johannesburg, Sept.7 : Australia have roped in top-order batsman Peter Handscomb and all rounder John Hastings into the squad for remaining ODIs of the five-match series against England.

The duo replaced all-rounder Shane Watson and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who were ruled out of the series due to injuries.

Besides the Victorian pair, top-order batsman Aaron Finch has replaced injured David Warner in the squad.

Confirming the news, Australian coach Darren Lehmann said that his side felt disappointed to lose players of high calibre, but added that they have got quality replacement, Sport24 reported.

Lehmann further said they are hoping that these three replacements would play their best to help Australia win the series.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Handscomb has not yet featured at senior international level, while Hastings has played one Test, 11 ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals.

Australia are currently leading by 2-0 in the series after getting a 64-run win against England in the second ODI at Lord’s in London.

The two sides will now lock horns in the third ODI at Old Trafford on September 8. (ANI)