Australia news December 5, 2012

Hazlewood out of Sri Lanka Tests


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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  • Roo 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...

  • John 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.

  • Dru 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.

  • Dummy4 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??

  • Chris 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).

  • Gaz 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.

  • nirmal 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..

  • Cameron 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.

  • Mick 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.

  • Gnske 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.

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