Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the two-match home Test series against Sri Lanka.
Australia are going through more rough phases in their history of the game following the ban of Steve Smith and David Warner following the ball-tampering saga that rocked during Australia’s tour of South African during March 2018.
The effect seems to be continuing in the home too. Earlier Australia lost the home limited over fixtures to South Africa. And the story remained the same with the home series of all three formats against India.
After losing the whole series against India, Australia are gearing up for a short home series of two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Following the Test series loss against India, Cricket Australia has made some changes for the Test series.
Unfortunately, Australia are struck with a huge blow even before the start of the series as their pace Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the Test series with a side strain he is struggling for a long period of time.
“Josh has reported some back soreness over the last few days and scans have revealed a very early stage stress fracture in the same lower back area as his previous injury from last summer,” Australian physiotherapist David Beakley said.
“He will now begin a rehabilitation program and we are confident he will be available for selection ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK later this year.”
Jhye Richardson who had an impressive ODI series against India has been named as the replacement for Josh Hazlewood. He joins Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle as the pace attack in the squad to face Sri Lanka.
“Jhye has had an impressive first half in his Sheffield Shield season and no-one could deny he has now continued that form in ODI matches for Australia,” said national selector Trevor Hohns. “We consider Jhye to be an ideal replacement in the squad for Josh.”