The Victoria pair have been drafted in to replace all rounder Shane Watson (calf strain) and fast bowler Nathan Coulter Nile (hamstring) who both suffered series ending injuries in Australia's 64 run win over England at Lord's yesterday a result that put the world champions 2-0 up with three to play.
They join state colleague Aaron Finch, who was called up on Saturday after David Warner suffered a broken left thumb batting at Lord's. Australia coach Darren Lehmann said: "We're disappointed to lose players of the calibre of David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter Nile but we have quality replacements on hand in Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and John Hastings.
"We looked at all options including the possibility of flying in cover from Australia, but the fact all three of the players we have drafted in are already in England means they can join us at short notice, be acclimatised to conditions and be available for selection immediately, if required.
Handscomb, 24, has been playing county cricket for Gloucestershire during the northern summer and also toured India with Australia A earlier this year, while Hastings, 29, has spent the off season playing county cricket for Durham.
Batsman wicketkeeper Handscomb has yet to feature at senior international level while Hastings has played one Test against South Africa in Perth in November/December 2012 – as well as 11 one day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.


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