Australian cricketer Brett Geeves has earned a call-up for the third ODI against Pakistan following a spate of injuries and omissions from the international side.
Australia has been forced to make changes with Mitchell Marsh sidelined with a shoulder injury, Chris Lynn ruled out with a neck injury, Adam Zampa returning to the domestic Big Bash competition and Mitchell Starc being rested.
With dwindling reserves, Darren Lehmann has been forced to turn to Geeves who impressed on his ODI debut taking 2/11 before being rested for 9 years.
"Losing Starc and Marsh has left a bit of a hole in our bowling line-up and Brett's handy with the bat, so I had no hesitation in giving him the nod," said Lehmann in a suspiciously monotone robotic voice, as if replaced by an android.
"It was between Banger (Geeves) and Scott Muller, and we went with Brett because Scott Muller is a bit more limited in what he can offer the team. I mean, Brett can bowl. And throw. He is a very good player," continued Lehmann, choking and spluttering somewhat at the end.
Geeves said he reacted to his promotion with reserved surprise.
"What in the holy fuck? I haven't played for years. I will never understand their selection process. I mean, I've got my nephew's 3rd birthday party that day," said Geeves.
Geeves and Lehmann were involved in a public disagreement earlier this month when Lehmann questioned every facet of Geeves's ability saying he was 'not a very good player'. Geeves responded by criticising the foundations of Australian cricket selection and elitism while pointing out that he'd often dismissed Lehmann in their on-field battles.
Cricket Australia has decided to ignore the personal controversy by putting their fingers in their ears and loudly singing 'C'mon Aussie, C'mon'.