McDermott set to follow in father's footsteps

Published Aug 16, 2012 07:12am

Alister McDermott is set to follow his father Craig into international cricket after being added to Australia's squad for the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The 21-year-old McDermott, who was the leading wicket-taker in Australia's domestic one-day competition last season, replaces Clint McKay in the squad for the three-match series after the bowler pulled a hamstring during a practice match in Darwin.

“Alister was impressive in all formats last summer and bowled very well for Australia A against Durham last week,” said national selector John Inverarity.

“He is a very fit and disciplined young man who bowls with good sense and good control.”

His father Craig played 71 tests and 138 ODIs from 1984-1996, and in a year-long stint as head bowling coach, oversaw Australia's 4-0 whitewash of India in the test series earlier this year before stepping down in May.

The younger McDermott, who shares his father's red hair and possesses a similar bowling action, has raised big expectations in Australia since winning a rookie contract with Queensland state when still at high school.

Australia play their first ODI against Pakistan on Aug. 28 at Sharjah.

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