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Aussies name trio of uncapped pacemen

AAP logoAAP 5/09/2016 By Steve Larkin

A trio of uncapped fast bowlers with just 53 one-day wickets between them have been summoned into Australia's squad for a limited overs tour of South Africa.

Pacemen Joe Mennie, Daniel Worrall and Chris Tremain have been named for the six-match tour later this month in the absence of rested quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

South Australians Mennie and Worrall and Victoria's Tremain have modest limited overs records in domestic and Australia A ranks.

Mennie is the most successful with 24 wickets at an average of 41.54, followed by Tremain (15 wickets at 24.40) and Worrall (14 wickets at 34.57).

The trio will form an Australian pace brigade headed by John Hastings and Scott Boland on the South African tour which opens with a one-dayer against Ireland on September 27, followed by a five-match series against the Proteas from September 30.

"I was very shocked actually, I got the call from (chairman of selectors) Rod Marsh and didn't know what to say," Mennie told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.

"It was something I didn't see coming."

With Starc and Hazlewood rested and fellow quicks Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle not considered because of injury, the newcomers will likely make their international debut on the South African tour.

Captain Steve Smith returns to the helm after cutting short his tour of Sri Lanka at the behest of selectors who maintained he needed a rest.

Batsman Usman Khawaja has been overlooked.

Australia Squad:

Steve Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), George Bailey, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa.

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