During IPL 2023 Josh Hazelwood withdrew after playing 3 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having two side strain and an Achilles issue, he was not fully active in cricket from past 2 years. Out of last 19 test matches for Australia he has played only 4 matches. He has also not played Domestic matches as well.
He was picked in Australian side from WTC Final subject to fitness but Australia have opted to be cautious, because of Ashes coming up against England in coming weeks.
Will Josh Hazelwood play WTC Final?
No, Josh Hazelwood has been ruled out of WTC Final 2023 against India due to Two side strain and Achilles. Michael Neser has come up as his replacement in the Australian squad. Neser has taken 19 wickets this summer in county cricket playing for Glamorgan. Now Scott Boland becomes first choice for 3 pacer in squad.
“Josh was very, very close to being given the green light but our upcoming schedule means this is not a one-off Test match for us. Michael’s county form has been strong and knowing that he was going to be close by allowed for him to keep playing and for us to be able to call on him. He is a great strength to have as part of the fast bowling group. This will give Josh Hazelwood an ideal preparation leading into Edgbaston. With six Test matches in a little over seven weeks we will need all of our fast bowling assets.” Australian chief selector George Bailey Said.
Will Josh Hazelwood Play Ashes?
Chances are High. The five Test Ashes series in England will begin on 16 June, but Josh Hazlewood, who has already missed a number of Test cricket matches for Australia, has a lot of work to do to prepare for the most important series. He will be given more time to prepare for important series. Thats why being cautious he has been ruled out to prepare for Ashes.
“This will give Josh an ideal preparation leading into Edgbaston. With six Test matches in a little over seven weeks we will need all of our fast bowling assets.” George Bailey Said.
Michael Neser’s performance has been impressive in the County Championship for Glamorgan this season. His current form has been outstanding, taking 14 wickets in his last three games, which included a remarkable display of 7/32 against Yorkshire. Neser has formerly played for Australia in two Test matches, in which he took seven wickets.