Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will not play in the Boxing Day Test match against New Zealand. Australian coach Justin Langer gave this information on Sunday. He informed that Hazlewood will not be a part of this Test match due to hamstring injury. Hazlewood suffered an injury during the first Test match of the series in Perth after which he did not play after the second day of this pink ball test match.
A hamstring injury will prevent Josh Hazlewood from bowling in the Perth Test.— ICC (@ICC) December 14, 2019
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The scan has revealed that Hazelwood has a ‘low grade’ hamstring injury. He was injured during the night session of the second day of the Perth Test and was able to bowl only eight balls.
Langer said that in his place, the selectors will decide which player will be included in the team in the second Test match starting in Melbourne on 26 December. James Pattinson and Michael Naser are reserve seamers in the Test team. Australia will now hope for Hazlewood to recover in time for the New Year’s Test in Sydney, which starts on 3 January.
Australia may also include Mitchell Marsh for the second test.
Marsh himself is under an injury cloud after having suffered a broken hand during a Sheffield Shield match.