The Ashes: Josh Hazlewood set to miss second Test for Australia due to side strain injury | Cricket News

Reports in Australia suggest Josh Hazlewood will miss the daytime test in Adelaide due to injury sustained in nine-game win at The Gabba; Jhye Richardson is expected to be present in the second test

Last updated: 21/12/21 9:30


Josh Hazlewood will miss Australia in Adelaide

Australia is reportedly poised to do without bowler Josh Hazlewood for the second Ashes Test due to injury.

The 30-year-old suffered a lateral effort during Australia’s nine-wicket win at The Gabba, where the hosts went 1-0 in the series, with Hazlewood only used for 14 of England’s 103 overs in the second inning.

Fox Sports reports that Hazlewood left his Australian teammates on Sunday to fly home and will miss the day-night test in Adelaide, starting Thursday, although a Cricket Australia spokesperson said he was not officially ruled out.

Hazlewood’s suitability was questioned when he did not bowling during the third day evening session in Brisbane, despite Joe Root and Dawid Malan making a great partnership for the third wicket, although batsman Marnus Labuschagne said to reporters after the game ended that Hazlewood was “fine”.

Australia won the first test a day early in Brisbane

Australia won the first test a day early in Brisbane

He returned to bowl six overs the following morning, finishing 1-32, with captain Pat Cummins admitting his paceman was a little “sore” after Australia concluded the win.

“The key is that we don’t want to endanger him for the whole series, so we’re going to take our time,” Cummins added about Hazlewood’s fitness. “It’s a series of five tests and it’s important for us, we didn’t want to throw him out of the water on the third day.”

Pat Cummins is expected to make at least one change in his team for the second Ashes Test

Pat Cummins is expected to make at least one change in his team for the second Ashes Test

Uncapped Michael Neser is being considered for an Australian debut after taking five wicket wickets for Australia A against the England Lions, although former Australian captain Ricky Ponting backed Jhye Richardson for the second round.

“Richardson was obviously very close to playing this test instead of Starc,” Pointing said. “He’s in great shape. When the ball isn’t swinging and clinging, I’d have him ahead of Neser in regards to an all-round bowling package.

“Obviously Neser thrives in the swing-and-join conditions he gets at the Gabba – and he might get at some point in Adelaide – but I still think Richardson gets the nod.”

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