Hazlewood Ruled Out of Second Ashes Test: Australian Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the second test of the ongoing Ashes 2021-22 series owing to a side injury.
Hazlewood Ruled Out of Second Ashes Test
Incidentally, Hazlewood bowled just 14 overs in the second innings of the opening Test at the Gabba.
“Hazlewood returned to Sydney yesterday afternoon for further assessment and rehabilitation with a decision on his fitness for the Boxing Day Test to be made in due course,” said Cricket Australia in a media release.
Speaking to cricket.com.au at the end of the first Test, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting tipped Richardson over Neser if the hosts were forced into changing their bowling attack.
“Richardson was obviously very close to playing this Test instead of Starc. He’s in great form,” said Ponting, noting that Neser had taken a five-wicket haul against the England Lions this week.
“When the ball’s not swinging and seaming, I’d have him ahead of Neser as far as an all-round bowling package is concerned.
“Neser obviously thrives in swinging, seaming conditions that he gets at the Gabba – and might get at some stage in Adelaide – but I still think Richardson gets the nod (if required).”
First Test centurion Travis Head, opener David Warner and wicketkeeper Alex Carey flew out of Brisbane early on Sunday to reunite with their families in Adelaide, with the remainder of the squad to join them on Monday.
Warner is also under an injury cloud with bruised ribs, which prevented him fielding during England’s second innings.
The Day and Night Ashes Test in Adelaide will commence on December 16. Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after posting a nine-wicket win at the Gabba.
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (VC), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood