Shahzad picked in place of injured Sidebottom in England squad

Fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad has replaced injured Ryan Sidebottom into England’s one-day squad for NatWest Series against Australia, which starts on Tuesday.

Sidebottom, whose latest injury has forced selectors to call Shahzad into England’s squad, will remain with the squad for treatment and assessment.

England selector Geoff Miller said: “Ryan has been injury-free for some time and bowling well. Thankfully it’s a relatively minor injury.

“Ajmal Shahzad is a strong addition to the squad and he’ll no doubt be looking to build on his maiden ODI appearance for England in Bangladesh over the winter.”

Analysis from the latest Indian Premier League has shown that left-arm pace bowlers such as Sidebottom are the most economical and therefore a valuable asset in modern limited-overs cricket, The Telegraph reports.

Shahzad made his Test debut two weeks ago against Bangladesh at Old Trafford, where he took four wickets in the match and showed a rare ability to get reverse swing. (ANI)

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