BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Jhye Richardson of Australia celebrates after taking his first test wicket, the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka during day one of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Gabba on January 24, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia's selectors, led by George Bailey, have reportedly settled on Jhye Richardson as Josh Hazlewood's replacement.

While it may hardly come as a surprise, there was a push for Michael Neser - who is also in the squad and took seven wickets across two innings in a tour game against the England Lions - to play.

But Richardson, who has had a wonderful start to the Sheffield Shield season playing for Western Australia and only narrowly missed out on the first Test, with Mitchell Starc picked ahead of him, has reportedly won the race, according to The Daily Telegraph.

MIRPUR, BANGLADESH - AUGUST 27: Josh Hazlewood of Australia prepares to bowl during day one of the First Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Shere Bangla National Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Mirpur, Bangladesh. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Richardson's eight-wicket performance against Queensland a month ago is thought to have made the selectors sit up and take notice, although he couldn't prize the spot off Starc for the opening Test of the summer.

Hazlewood was ruled out of the Adelaide Test on Sunday with a side strain, while the potential for him to also miss Boxing Day exists according to a Cricket Australia statement, who confirmed he would be "monitored" and assessed closer to the third Test of the series.

Richardson was likely to play at some point this summer anyway, with Australia likely to hand their pace bowling arsenal a rest at some stage, with Neser also in the picture having been picked in a 15-man squad for the first two Tests.

It's understood Neser is still in the hunt given conditions - and bowling under lights with the pink ball - could suit his style down to the ground, but Richardson is well and truly the front-runner for the place.

Australia's other injury concerns haven't abated either, with David Warner needing to pass a fitness Test in the nets to play after he suffered bruised ribs in Brisbane. Usman Khawaja is on standby to open the innings.