Speedster Josh Hazlewood was on Sunday ruled out of Australia’s World Test Championship squad which is set to take on India at the Oval from June 7-11, a Cricket Australia statement confirmed.
“Hazlewood has bowled at full tilt in recent training sessions in Form and Beckenham in the lead-in to the Aussies’ six-Test tour of the UK but is still managing a left Achilles issue as well as a side injury that flared up during the recent Indian Premier League,” the statement revealede.
Michael Neser, who plies his trade for Glamorgan in county cricket, has been added as his replacement for the one-off Test.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 4, 2023
A couple of days ago, Hazlewood had told ICC that his fitness was ‘pretty good.’
“My fitness is pretty good and it is just a matter of ticking off every session from here until that date (June 7) basically,” he said.
“We will probably have anywhere from three to four more sessions – bat versus ball and then a couple of longer days in the nets as well or centre wicket down in London – so it is just ticking off those last few boxes and pulling up well from every session.
“It was pretty close (to full pace today). I came down for a little bowl yesterday just to loosen up and to get a bit more out of today’s session, so it is feeling good.
“After a long few travel days it is always a case of the first one getting the cobwebs out and stretching out and doing some run-throughs just to get the blood flowing.
“It is always good to get the first one out of the way and when we get to London we will steam in.”