Hazelwood ruled out of India vs Australia 2023 1st Test match due to injury
Hazelwood Ruled Out: Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of Australia’s first Test against India in Nagpur, starting from February 9, due to a left Achilles niggle, in doubt for 2nd as well. Mumbai, With the Border Gavaskar Test between India and Australia set to begin in two days, the absence of key players from both teams due to injury has caused setbacks. More than that, the situation in Australia is a little sadder than that of India. Mitchell Starc is already out of the Australian team due to injury.
Now it has been announced that one more fast bowler will not play in the first Test. Australia’s fast bowlers can bowl well and take wickets on any pitch.
Hazelwood Withdrawal: Jose Hazelwood, considered the star bowler of the current Australian team, was injured during the Test match against South Africa. However, he was expected to be fully fit for the first match against India. But Hazelwood has been ruled out of the first Test as his injury has yet to heal as expected. Speaking about this, he said that the first two Test matches will be held consecutively.
Frustration for Aussie
So, I don’t know if I can play two matches in a row. Let’s wait for two more days. After that the team management will decide. But it is doubtful that he will play in the first match. My fitness hasn’t improved as much as I thought it would. I am suffering from not being able to play Test matches regularly. It’s very frustrating to play a match in every series and then withdraw due to injury.
Key Aussie Players are out
It is always difficult to play the first match of a Test series. After that we will accept our partner and continue playing. After that, when playing the last match, the body will be exhausted. But this time I think I can play two consecutive Tests, Hazelwood said. Already, players like Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green are not included in the Australian team due to injuries. Australia’s Test cricket coach admits the star all-rounder Green is in a race against the clock to be fit for the start of the India tour however he is not able to make it to the squad.
Who has a chance?
As a result, it is expected that the Australian team will play with a two-speed bowler in the first Test match. Captain Pat Cummins and Scott Boland are likely to field as fast bowlers and Nathan Lyon as a spin bowler. Batsmen Dravid and Marnus Lapassenge are likely to act as part-time spinners. In terms of batsmen, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Manus Lapassenge, Travels Head, Peters Handscup, Alex Scarry are likely to play.
Hatch wood Risk
Jos Hazlewood will always be the most dangerous player for Indian right-handed batsmen. He can bowl in the fifth stem line and put pressure on players like Virat Kohli. Scott Boland is in fine form, although his absence is a huge disappointment. However, it is noteworthy that he has also returned to Test matches from injury.