Bird in for injured Pattinson

Bird in for injured Pattinson

Bird in for injured Pattinson

According to a report in Cricket Australia's official website, it is understood that the 27-year-old has been withdrawn from the series as a precautionary measure to give him more time to be fit for Ashes series later this year.

Pattinson was suffering inflammation around an area of his back where he had a previous stress fracture.

Meanwhile, Tasmanian fast bowler Jackson Bird has been announced as a replacement for Pattinson in the 14-man squad.

Australia had always meant to name an extra bowler at a later date to replace the injured Mitchell Starc. Before the Test series, Australia will get a two-day tour match starting on August 22.

"We are comfortable with the fast-bowling stocks we have in the squad so have opted to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Bangladesh", selector Trevor Hohns said in an earlier statement. The Australian coach does not want to dwell into the past, and with the pay dispute of players with Cricket Australia sorted out, Lehmann wants to focus on cricket.

If selected in the XI, Swepson would be playing his first competitive fixture in over eight months.

"I've got to go over there prepared to play a Test match".

Australia's 13-man squad was initially named in June to play test matches at Mirpur from August 27 and Chittagong in early September.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade. The second Test, meanwhile, will be held in Chittagong on September 4.

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