Josh Hazlewood, the bowling spearhead of the Australian cricket has been withdrawn from the ODI squad to be sent to England next month for the ODI series. Following Josh Hazlewood’s removal from the team, Cricket Australia is further weakened and will be eyeing for the uncapped player Michael Neser to be his replacement for the upcoming series.
Hazlewood was the most experienced bowler in the ODI squad after Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, and now has been ruled out of the touring lot due to back trouble.
His absence from the squad means the Kangaroos will be without their 3 ashes winning bowling attack for their 5 match series against England who currently rank the number 1 side in ODI cricket at present. Also missing are Steve Smith and David Warner who are serving a year ban for involvement in the sandpaper gate scandal.
CA coach on Josh Hazlewood’s injury prior to the England series
Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said,” Josh has been managing some low-level bone stress lumber spine for a short period. He had a repeat scan today and although it has not progressed to a fracture he is starting to experience some lower back pain.”
He further added,” As such, we are taking a conservative approach and he will not travel to England for the one-day series.”
Michael Neser who has been roped in as a replacement for the injured Hazlewood, was the key player behind Queensland’s Sheffield Sheild title this year and earned the praise for his skillful bowling in the domestic circuit. The right arm bowler has 41 List A scalps at an average of 36.60 and was the leading wicket taker for the Bulls’ in last summer’s domestic one day cup.
Hazlewood suffered a heavy workload last season with his 5 test matches in the Ashes, 4 test matches against South Africa as well as the 3 out of the 5 ODI matches against England in the month of January. He is expected to be the next big thing in the Australian cricket and a replacement for the legend Glenn McGrath. In 24 ODI games, he has 69 wickets and will play a vital role for Australia in the 2019 WorldCup.
Of the ones who are touring for the one-dayers, only Kane Richardson has managed to play more than 5 games ( 15 ODIs), Andrew Tye with 4 ODIs and Billy Stanlake with mere 2 ODI games. Australia will also lock horns with England in their lone T20 game before the commencement of the Zimbabwe tour.