Tasmanian pacer Riley Meredith has been called up to Australia’s squad for the final one-day international against England in Melbourne on Tuesday and Mitchell Starc will be back in Sydney to rest ahead of the first Test against the West Indies next week.
Ashton will also miss the final ODI after leaving the squad to travel to Canberra ahead of the four-day Pinkball Prime Minister XI against the West Indies starting on Wednesday.
Meredith, who has played one ODI and five T20Is, was the only fast bowler in today’s optional session at the cool and damp MCG. He has had a strong start to the season in domestic cricket, claiming two five-wicket hauls and four wickets in eight Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield games this summer, and is firmly in Australia’s long-term white-ball plans. .
Pat Cummins is likely to return to the team as captain after being rested from Saturday’s win in Sydney.
Australia already have Sean Abbott in the Melbourne squad, who joined the group after Glenn Maxwell was ruled out of the series. Western Australia left-arm swing bowler Joel Parris looks set to play in Tuesday’s dead rubber after being flown to Canberra to join the PM XI squad as Abbott’s replacement.
Josh Inglis, who will captain the PM XI on Wednesday but was included in the ODI squad in Sydney after Cameron Green was sent home to rest ahead of the Test, remains in Melbourne but has spent most of his time in Melbourne. The net session was spent indoors facing pink balls.