South Australian paceman Chadd Sayers is all set to make his International debut as he has been drafted into Australia’s Test squad for South Africa tour as a replacement for injured Jackson Bird.Bird strained his hamstring during Tasmania's Sheffield Shield encounter with Queensland in Brisbane on Saturday.
While, Chadd, who is yet to get his baggie green for Australia could get a chance to play for Kangaroos when the four-match Test series will get underway with the first Test on 1 March.
The 30-year-old has 246 first-class wickets at an average of 24.11 to his name, as well as, he has been the leading wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield over the past 18 months.
Commenting on Bird’s injury and Chadd’s inclusion, Captain Steve Smith told The Guardian, “It’s disappointing for Jackson.It’s tough news for him. He is a terrific guy to have around the group, he works incredibly hard. He’s just a great guy to have on tour with you – a terrific team man. I certainly feel for him that he, unfortunately, has this injury at this time. But it’s exciting for Chadd at the same time. They both stand the seam up nicely and Chadd’s been rewarded for what he has done in Shield cricket for the last couple of years.”
Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc
Warm-up match v SA Invitational XI, Sahara Park, Benoni, Feb 22-24
First Test Kingsmead, Durban, March 1-5
Second Test St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, March 9-13
Third Test Newlands, Cape Town, March 22-26
Fourth Test Wanderers, Johannesburg, March 30-April 3