"Although the injury is not overly serious, we felt there was a significant risk it would become worse through playing," Stead said on Sunday.

"With the upcoming ODI series starting on Wednesday and consisting of three games over five days, we saw it as prudent to bring in a fully fit replacement. At 24-years-old Ben's an exciting young prospect and we like the pace and skills he possesses."

Sears has played six T20 internationals but is uncapped in any other format.