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Hazlewood out of Sri Lanka Tests

Daniel Brettig

December 5, 2012

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Josh Hazlewood finished with figures of 1 for 9, Sydney Sixers v Yorkshire, Group B, Champions League Twenty20, Cape Town, October 16, 2012
Josh Hazlewood starred for the Sydney Sixers in the Champions League © Getty Images

Josh Hazlewood is out of contention for the looming Test series against Sri Lanka after complaining of foot soreness eerily reminiscent of the stress fracture he suffered last season.

Twelfth man for the third Test against South Africa in Perth, Hazlewood was highly likely to debut against the Sri Lankans before the foot soreness emerged.

One of the stand-out performers at this year's Twenty20 Champions League with the Sydney Sixers, 21-year-old Hazlewood has been ordered to rest for four to six weeks, meaning he will also be out of action for this summer's BBL, which begins on Friday.

"Josh Hazlewood reported some left foot soreness in the same region of his foot where he had a stress fracture last season," Cricket Australia's Chief Medical Officer Justin Paoloni said. "Because of his age and history with this type of injury, he will have a short break from bowling for a few weeks and be back playing in approximately 4-6 weeks."

Hazlewood trained with the Australian team in Brisbane at the start of the South Africa series before being formally named in the squad for the Perth Test. He was only narrowly edged out of a spot in the team by John Hastings after both Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle were ruled out.

Australia's captain Michael Clarke, meanwhile, has been ruled out of his one scheduled BBL appearance for the Sydney Thunder after reporting back stiffness towards the end of the South Africa series. Clarke, Hilfenhaus and Hastings have all been ruled out of BBL action this weekend ahead of the Sri Lanka matches.

"Given the amount of cricket Michael Clarke has played in the past month, and having reported some lower back stiffness after the Perth Test, and with the first Test match against Sri Lanka starting next Friday, our medical staff have advised Michael not to play cricket this weekend," the team performance manager Pat Howard said.

"Ben Hilfenhaus has also been advised not to play BBL this weekend, although the NSP are yet to meet to determine the Australia squad for the first Test match against Sri Lanka."

Hastings, who bowled indifferently at times during his debut at the WACA ground, is likely to be ruled out of the Hobart Test due to back pain he suffered towards the end of the Perth match.

"John Hastings had some back pain at the completion of the Perth Test," Paoloni said. "He had scans that have ruled out serious injury. He will be reviewed later this week to determine his return to training and playing. He will miss the first T20 Big Bash League game and possibly be unavailable for selection for the first Test versus Sri Lanka in Hobart, depending on how responds to treatment."

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Posted by zenboomerang on (December 7, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

@jmcilhinney... Think the main problem is the plethora of young fast bowlers in SS atm & with little FC experience behind them... We seem to have lost the 24-28 y.o's whom have stronger physiques & would normally be the next in line; Peter George is an example; while some of Shields better bowlers, including Bird, Butterworth put in good full seasons for no reward... One of the reasons I rate Starc so highly, is his ability to get through matches - which is most important in international games...

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

So Hazelwood was in contention because of all the injuries and then... gets injured. Fast bowling is a tough job and fast bowlers get injuries the world over get injured but there really seems to be an inexplicable epidemic of it in Australia at the moment.

Posted by stormy16 on (December 6, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

There's something wrong here. Sure Lillie and Lee and others had injuries but they are dropping like flies and from all sides, not just Aus. May be its too much one day cricket (certainly a culprit) but you only bowl 4 or 10 overs a day. The guys used to constatnly play 5 test series in the past where the bowlers got a thorough workout. With all the advance in technology and diet you would expect guys to be much stronger. Something is horribly wrong here. I have contstantly heard commentators stating they never went to the gym in the old days - may be that's an issue. What is assumed to be body strenghtening is actually doing more harm. Dont think Holding and Roberts went to the gym but still bowled like the wind.

Posted by   on (December 6, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Why has Ben Cutting not been spoken of. In the squad in Brisbane last summer and performing well with bith bat and ball in this years Shield mateches.

He must be close??

Posted by Wefinishthis on (December 6, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

It's crazy, with no disrespect to SA, they were the better side and deserved to win, but Australia were missing their three best bowlers in Pattinson, Harris and Cummins who all average under 24 at test level and were instead forced to play bowlers like Siddle, Johnson and that other guy who all average around 30. It's as if SA had to compete without Steyn/Philander/Morkel. I doubt the result would have been the same had the injuries gone the other way. But it makes me wonder, why so many injuries to bowlers these days? Some interesting points made by partha19 and InsideHedge. SmashingBaby - Lyon took more wickets than 'Hilfy' in the same games, would you drop him as well? Oh and finally, coming from a NSW player, Hazlewood is a fail and has done nothing. I'm not sure what Jackson Bird and James Faulkner need to do to get recognition. At least they're not injured (that I know of).

Posted by Gazooligan on (December 6, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@SmashingBaby: While I'm not prepared to go so far as to say Lyon will prove himself as a long term success for Australia, I think the stats in the recent series go against your comment that "he really isn't doing the job of getting people out." He got two less than the top wicket taker for the series, and the most of any Australian bowler with 12 wickets in three tests. I accept that no other Australian bowler played all three tests, but staying fit enough to play consistently is a value that spinners generally bring to the table. Next highest was Siddle with 9 in two tests, which is only half a wicket more per test. Starc did get 6 for his one test, but I think it's hard to know if that would be a true reflection across a series, and even if it was, Lyon still rates up there in the wicket taking stakes. He seems to be doing the job required at this stage and has surprised me with his ability in the field at times too, not to mention chipping in for a few runs at 11.

Posted by nirmalzz on (December 6, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

What is happening to Australia's young talented fast bowlers..? First cummins, then pattinson had got injuries. Then siddle and hilfenhous are exausted.. And now, hazelwood... Aussie selector should think about increasing leval of bowler's fitness and workload managment..

Posted by crh8971 on (December 6, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

To some extent I think Hazlewood being out is a bit of a so what. He doesn't warrant selection based on his first class record and he won't miss any first class games as the Big Bash is on. I think the selection of Hazlewood in squads and having him miss first class games to bowl in the nets is really a case of the selectors giving very mixed messages. He is being picked purely on perceived potential and some 20/20 results as 43 wickets at 32 in 15 FC matches is hardly setting the world on fire. What are the selectors then saying to the likes of Jackson Bird and Ben Cutting who have now consistently picked up significant numbers of wickets over several season at very good averages and strike rates. These guys are both 25/26 so their bodies are mature and they have worked out their actions so far more likely to be resilient. I am confident we will have a great pace attack in 2 to 3 years if the best of the young bowlers mature and gain physical resilience.

Posted by Mitcher on (December 6, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

@frankj57au: I look at it this way, if the other states stopped whining so much and actually started producing more quality cricketers then NSW wouldn't have to carry the burden all the time. If the other states have such amazing players then why do they keep filing their ranks with NSW players. I sure hope you're not from SA because that's basically a NSW C team anyway.

Posted by Artiebees on (December 6, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

So, Harris, Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Cummins and now Hazlewood have broken down so far at some point.

I don't know why we bother.

Posted by mthw on (December 6, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Yeah, everyone is carrying on like a fast bowler has never been injured before. Fast bowlers get injured all the time when they are young and developing. The problem and difference at the moment is that the best fast bowlers in the country are in their early 20's, so they are relying on them to be fit to play tests.

Posted by ghost_of_len_hutton on (December 5, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

It's hardly an original thought, but young bowlers need work and lots of it. Back in my day bowlers like Fred Trueman and Brian Statham regularly bowled 1000 overs a season without suffering more than the odd twinge. Too little first class cricket, too many four over stints in T 20.

Posted by Buckers410 on (December 5, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Agree completely with @Mervo. Ben Cutting is in the best form and he needs to be a part of the team.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (December 5, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

When I used to bowl, I had hand made shoes for it. The first pair of "Nike Crickets"I bought fell apart in the 8th over of their first match. The other brands were no better. Wonder of that boot maker still exists in Melbourne ?

Posted by Beertjie on (December 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Neither Hastings nor Hazlewood should even have been in the squad for the Perth test. This apparent "left-field" selection needs to stop immediately. Cutting and McDermott are the true fit next-in-line guys so pick them, Invers!

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

For everyone complaining about the injuries to the pacers:

Hazelwood, Cummins, and Pattinson are extremely young fast bowlers, none of which are older than 22. At that age, a high workload can really harm your body. For everyone saying that they never had this problem before, can I remind you all that Lille had many injury scares and Brett Lee suffered from chronic injuries his entire career? Too much 20/20 cricket may be the problem, but I'm not sure about it being the only cause. Either way, while the injury rate is high, they're doing the right thing by resting them all for a while. That attack of Hazelwood, Cummins, Pattinson, and Starc is their future bowling attack, and they need to preserve it.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

I see your point Smashing baby but I dont agree with your comment on not being able to bowl sides out. We bowled India and the WI just fine and would have probably done the same in Brisbane vs SA but for the days loss in play. We came close in Adelaide too and I think we would have if we had Patto in the 2nd inngs.

Nathan Lyon deserves to be in the team and will only improve. He gives a bit with the bat too for a No. 11 which is handly especially with our dodgy "hit'n miss" top 4.

Posted by SmashingBaby on (December 5, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

We should have had Mitchell Starc playing from the first test v RSA. Bowling line up for the first test v SL should be Starc, Siddle, Lyon, and Harris if he's fit, otherwise Hilfy. Actually I'd prefer to drop Lyon as he really isn't doing the job of getting people out. Better to play the 4 best strike bowlers in the country rather than 3 strike bowlers and then the "best" spin bowler available, especially when David Warner or Clarke himself can bowl some spin just to change things up. Australia need a bowling attack (and tactical field settings and bowling choices by the captain) that actually put pressure on the opposition batting and can get sides out. We don't have that at all at the moment which is why we can't win a test.

Posted by Dismayed on (December 5, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

We still have Cutting, Coulter-Nile, Butterworth, Faulkner, young A.McDermott, not to mention Starc and Johnson still plenty of guys to give run to. Richardson coming through for SA, along with Putland, Dan Chrisitian, shall we go on?

Posted by frankj57au on (December 5, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Is ridiculous and proves that NSW will always get what they want. Amazing how players get praise or contracts si easy if an attachment to NSW especially given the number of ex NSW players on commentary teams. Get real and start looking beyiond and why give contracts to kids who have never proven themselves. One game headloines does not make a long term player.

Posted by InsideHedge on (December 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Who will break down 2morrow? Before we answer this question, let's take a stock of the current injured list world wide, shall we? In addition to the host of Aussie bowlers incl the forgotten Ryan Harris (remember him?), we have Umesh Yadav (Ind), Tino Best, Kemar Roach, et al (WI), Broad, Tremlett (Eng), Malinga, Xyz-inika (SL), and Vettori (NZ). There's prolly a few Pak players too but they're not playing right now.

Of the ones able to walk on the field, the following look like they could break down any minute, and may well be the answer to my initial question: Zaheer Khan, Ishant Useless-Sharma (Ind), and Finn (Eng).

Posted by InsideHedge on (December 5, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

These modern day bowlers are a joke, it has to do with too much gym work and not enough actual bowling. The areas that need to be strengthened via unique muscle usage, body flexing can only be replicated by bowling lots of overs whether in the nets or better still, playing first class cricket. Counting squats, reps, and attending pilates and yoga classes won;t do it. But hey, what do I know? The physios are the experts, these guys are like weather forecasters, they get paid regardless of the results.

Posted by partha19 on (December 5, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

I cant understand why so much problem with all this young Fast bowlers.. We have never heard it earlier. I'm not talking about Lillee who had made so many comebacks after serious injury scare.. but even bowlers like Rodney Hogg who had serious Asthma problem kept bowling in tough indian condition..Lawson was brilliant.. Brett lee never complained bowling long spells even with sheer pace.. something has to be done .. otherwise this new crop can bolw max 15 overs per match & every test you need back up for each bowler..

Posted by Mervo on (December 5, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Ben Cutting!!! What else does he need to do?

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

The management of Australian bowlers is beyond belief. We head to Perth and the fast WACA wicket to play for the number 1 ranking in test cricket and .....we "rest" our 2 most experienced bowlers, after losing the third member of the Adelaide pace line up! Any the bowler injury rate is mind blowing... surely the "system" has to be radically changed...seems like more bowling in the nets could help...and maybe less 20/20 exhibitions??

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Ben Cutting definately deserves a crack at it. Now is the time. He's been taking wickets and is a pretty decent bat too.

I too can't believe all these injuries. In the past, I remember bowlers breaking down after a Test series and not BEFORE!!! This is rediculous!!!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Surely now every australian citizen must feel in with a chance of opening the bowling in the SL series.

Posted by chippymunk on (December 5, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

ridiculous selection. hazelwood averages over 30/wicket, cutting averages 24/wicket, also bats at 26 and has a first class century, yet hazlewood was third man for australia and nearly played. No wonder we lost. Argus review out the door, nsw players picked on "potential" and qlders left to rot. common, pick the best available players on form that equals cutting. will bolster pace attack and also the lower order. also, khawaja wanting to make test team while playing for qld, i think i just so a pig fly pass my window. good luck ussie. should have stayed in sydney.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

so bloody fragile, seriously, and im australian. this is an outrage, everyoen is injured, man up !

Posted by Big-Dog on (December 5, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

No great loss. Hazlewood did'nt deserve to be in the squad anyway. Hazlewood has taken nine wickets at an average of 46 this season. How that qualifies him for a test cap baffles me & is an insult to to players like Bird, Butterwort Feldman & Cutting.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

hahaha Yet ANOTHER break down. Seriously Australia Wake up!!!. Not that this guy is good enough to play anyway

Posted by simba110 on (December 5, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Has done nothing of note in FC Cricket, typical NSW bias. You can't be picked for a test on the basis of t20 form, and in honesty it's not even form, it's economy, which is generally useless in tests if you aren't taking wickets

Posted by SICHO on (December 5, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

What is it with the Aussies and injuries these days? And how did Hastings get injury? Its no like he was bending his back when bowling full-tosses, wides and half-volleys against Smith, Amla and AB. Before the series started, all talks were about Oz's bowling depth, but only two (or rather one) can play 5 consecutive tests, add to that the crippled batting line-up that only depends on Clarke and Hussey. *cricinfo please publish*

Posted by bobagorof on (December 5, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

At the rate of injuries to Australia's young fast bowlers, I expect Alistair McDermott to go down next. Let's see, so far there's been Cummins, M. Marsh, Pattinson, Copeland, and now Hastings and Hazlewood, and we're only halfway through the season. Injuries are a part of elite sport, but something's gone wrong if we have half a team sitting on the sidelines!

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

More injuries... This is becoming unbelievable!

Posted by Mitcher on (December 5, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Hazelwood could have hopped in on one leg and still been more effective than Hastings in Perth. Given Johnson doesn't take the new ball was any thought given to the fact a 120-130km/h trundler would be taking the new ball for Australia... In Perth of all places! Odd...

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Hazlewood plays for the Sixers, not the thunder.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

This will probably mean our bowling lineup will be Starc, Johnson and Siddle with Lyon and Watson as support...Surely, with Hazlewood injured Jackson Bird should come into contention? With the first test in Hobart, he should be in the side instead of guess would either Johnson or Siddle

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Aussie injury list. Pattinson, Cummins, Hazelwood, Hastings. Something wrong with training methods for sure.

Posted by othello22 on (December 5, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Good God, another one? This is getting comical now.

Posted by AntGal on (December 5, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

Seriously - what is wrong with Australian cricket at the moment? Hazelwood injured? 4 - 6 weeks? Hastings has a sore back? Clarke has a sore back? Hilfenhaus rested again? Are all Australian cricketers made of tissue paper? Hazelwood hasn't even bowled a ball in anger and he is injured? Alex K. needs to be sacked. He plainly has no idea.We cannot have half our team injured. Whatever regime he is running for the team is not working. McGrath didn't miss many. Gilly didn't miss many. Warnie didn't miss many. This is getting stupid. ACB - have a look at the set up - this is ruining our game!

Posted by Meety on (December 5, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Ozzy fans collectively hold their breathe when news breaks of Pups back being stiff! == == == Not again re: Hazlewood!

Posted by landl47 on (December 5, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Australia has great young pacemen in Pattinson, Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc. If the day ever comes when all of them are fit, look out!

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Well thats convenient for the selectors... Out of the bowlers that were named in squads for the SA tests, most possibles are excluded aside from basically the starting bowlers. So Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Lyon, and a choice of left armer between the two Mitches (Starc and Johnson) with Watson hopefully staying fit enough to stay on the park. All of a sudden the Selectors job with the bowlers is a tad easier. They just have to worry about who to replace Ponting with now, but I think that one is already decided and Khawaja will step into no.3 after Warner and Cowan. Clarke and Hussy at 4 and 5, Watson moves to 6, then Wade and the bowlers that get picked. Probably Johnson or Starc at 8, Siddle, Hilf, Lyon. Though if they decide to go with Hughes opening instead of Khawaja, that opens up a real kettle of fish.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

ANOTHER injury to a young fast bowler.....when are the powers that be going to realise that 'sports science' is not working at least for our fast bowling stock......Put Dennis Lillee in charge of the fitness of our fast bowlers for two years.....let them train to be....ummmm....let's see...FAST BOWLERS.....they need to have plenty of work behind them when going into Test matches particularly when they are back to back Tests.....not this rubbish of only bowling a certain amount of deliveries a week....

Posted by PFEL on (December 5, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Is anyone surprised? If there is a promising fast bowler selected we'd might as well organise an open surgery slot for when they break down

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (December 5, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

My preferred squad for Sri Lanka: David Warner, Shane Watson, George Bailey, David Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon. Ed Cowan deliberately excluded.

Posted by Dashgar on (December 5, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

Don't rest him, he needs to keep playing to get some shield wickets under his belt. Hazelwood may not be in the class of Pattinson or Cummins but he is being treated the same way, never allowed to bowl unless 110%. That strategy isn't working, make the boy bowl. Toughen him up so when he is ready skill-wise he'll also be ready body-wise

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