DARWIN - 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 August 28 at Sharjah.

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George Bailey again captains the side, which is hoping to go one better than their runner-up finish to England in the 2010 final in the West Indies.

The squad boasts plenty of experience with brothers Mike and Dave Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Hogg and Clint McKay. Australia squad: George Bailey (capt), Dan Christian, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson (vc), Cameron White