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

Josh Hazlewood will miss the day-night test in Adelaide, which begins on Thursday, due to injury sustained in his nine-win win at The Gabba; Jhye Richardson is expected to be present in the second test

Last updated: 12/13/21 00:01


Josh Hazlewood will miss Australia in Adelaide with injury

Australia will have to do without bowler Josh Hazlewood for the second Ashes Test due to injury, with Jhye Richardson as a likely replacement.

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 reported Sunday that Hazlewood has left his Australian teammates to fly home and will miss the day-night test in Adelaide, starting Thursday, and the news was later confirmed.

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 blow it up on day three.”

Cricket Australia has confirmed that a decision on Hazlewood’s availability for the Boxing Day Test will be made in due course.

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

Pat Cummins will have 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 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 in Starc’s place and is in great shape,” Pointing said.

“When the ball isn’t swinging and clinging, I’d put him ahead of Neser in regards to an all-round bowling package.

“Of course Neser thrives in the swing and splice 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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