Australia’s Face Bowling Cartel has been struck down once again with Josh Hazlewood ruled out of Australia’s tours of Bangladesh and India with a side strain.
Hazlewood had bowled just his seventh ball of the day before clutching at his side which resulted in him walking off the ground for an assessment.
The injury is not only a big blow to Australia’s chances in their current tour of the sub-continent but also puts his place in the Ashes in some doubt, despite reports he is likely to return for the start of the Sheffield Shield season.
The news comes following James Pattinson’s withdrawal from the tour due to back soreness while Mitchell Starc recovers from a stress fracture in his foot.
Pat Cummins is now the lone member of Australia’s fearsome quartet of bowlers that is fit and firing, something that is quite ironic given he missed the best part of five years in the international scene due to injury.
“He’s going to be really hard to replace. He’s played all but one of the last 30 Tests,” Cummins said of Hazlewood after play on day three.
“He said it is going to be pretty hard sitting at home, watching; he hasn’t done that for three or four years. So he’s a big member around the group. I am going to miss having dinner with him every night, but we have got Jackson Bird waiting in the wings, which is great.
“He’s been bowling beautifully here. Again, someone who has been around the team a long time and been bowling really well. Had some great performances for Australia in the past as well. It’s not good to miss Joshy, but we’re lucky we have such a strong squad over here.”
Spinner Steve O’Keefe has been called into the squad as his replacement for the second Test of this series while Australia remain 156 runs away from victory in the first test with eight wickets in hand.