Cutting back as cover
Ben Cutting has been recalled to Australia's one-day international squad as cover for fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson ahead of Friday's third match of five with Sri Lanka in Brisbane.
Starc was left out of the team for Australia's eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide on Sunday, the game in which Cutting made his international debut, with a calf injury, while Johnson missed the loss due to a side strain.
National selector John Inverarity said Starc and Johnson should be fit for the third match, but Cutting has been brought back just in case.
The 25-year-old seamer is in good form, having taken three wickets for Brisbane Heat as they defeated Melbourne Renegades in yesterday’s Big Bash League semi-final.
Inverarity has made it clear Cutting will be released in time for the final of the Twenty20 competition if he is not required by Australia.
“Ben is here in Brisbane as a precaution due to Johnson and Starc coming back from injury,” Inverarity said.
“If both pace bowlers prove their fitness to play as expected, Ben will re-join the Brisbane Heat on Friday afternoon for the Big Bash League Final.”