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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Injury left out Josh Hazlewood from Australian squad to tour India

A back stress fracture has forced Josh Hazlewood not to be included in the Australian squad that will tour India next month. This young New South Wales fast bowler was supposed to make his test debut in this upcoming test but his injury has ended his hope.

However, his injury has given chance to Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson to be included in the squad as his replacement. They will join the Australian squad as stand by players until the end of next week’s tour match in Chandigarh.

Mitchell Starc, the left-arm New South Wales fast bowler, will tour India along with the team from Sydney on Sunday, but James Pattinson will have to stay with his club Victoria at the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa. He will wait until he is being called to join the squad.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Hazlewood has been identified by the chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, as having an important role to play in Australia’s future. He made his ODI debut on June 22, 2010 and became the youngest fast bowler to debut for Australia. However, he played only one match against England where he took only one wicket at an average of 41.00.

The injury was disappointing for Hazlewood but at the same time it creates an opportunity for another two young fast bowlers who have also equal potential to be future stars.

Hazlewood had possibility to play during the two-test series which will start from 1st October in Mohali. Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus are the main choice while Peter George was also ahead of Hazlewood in the team ladder.

Hilditch is hopeful about the two new bowlers as he said that both Starc and Pattinson had made a significant impression at the Centre of Excellence during the winter. Anyone of them can make his test debut for Australia in this tour game.

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