Australia news February 14, 2013

Hazlewood's foot injury woes continue


Josh Hazlewood will miss at least the first two matches for Australia A against the England Lions this month after his unfortunate litany of foot ailments was maintained during Australia's Twenty20 loss to the West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

Alister McDermott has been called up to replace Hazlewood for the two fixtures in Hobart, leaving Cricket Australia medical staff to determine whether he will be ready to return for the balance of the five-match series.

Figures of 1 for 36 at the Gabba did not do full justice to Hazlewood, who impressed with his height and bounce, claiming the wicket of Chris Gayle. But the news that he has again suffered foot trouble will be a source of concern for the national selectors given their desire to ease him into a more regular place at international level.

"Hazlewood suffered a foot injury during last night's T20I in Brisbane and as a result has been withdrawn from the first two matches of the Australia A series," A CA spokesman said. "A decision on his participation for the remaining fixtures will be determined once a further assessment has taken place."

At 22, Hazlewood is widely considered one of Australia's most promising pace prospects, his height and disciplined line providing a contrast tot he swing and pace of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

However the selectors' efforts to increase Hazlewood's familiarity with the national team have been confounded numerous times by foot injuries. He was close to selection for the third Test against South Africa in Perth last year before a stress hot spot was located, keeping him out of the summer until the closing rounds of the Big Bash League.

Last summer Hazlewood was also absent for long periods with a foot stress fracture. He debuted for Australia against England at Southampton in 2010 but in a first-class career that began in 2008 he has still played only 16 matches.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Josh is a good bowler! I hope he comes right.He impressed in NZ in the u19 world cup a few years ago.He has Pace,Good bounce and lots of courage.I wish him well...

  • Patrick on February 14, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    5 years of Eng dominance, very keen to see this highlights package spanning across not 1 but 2 turns of the century! Was WG Grace courageous enough to open?

  • Patrick on February 14, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Flared up in a T20 spell, surely he'd send down more balls in a net session and feel something. Good luck to Ali, Josh will no doubt be back, he's a tricky character at that height but no shortage of depth for Aust thankfully. No shortage of depth in insecure English fans attempting to down play Aust continuous improvement, highly amusing, quaint even. 1 convincing Ashes series win (3-1) in 30 years, you guys sure set the bar high don't you! Did I hear right that there was a letter from the Queen for conquering NZ LOL.

  • Alex on February 14, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    How can you get another injury from bowling 4 overs?

    He gets injured far too much, it's stopping his development, luckily for us we have an insane amount of good quicks that are international quality to come in for him.

  • j on February 14, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Having watched England dominate over them for five years, Australia don't have a great deal to cheer about these days, but their seam options at least aren't as bad as the fact they've got no spinner and a brittle top order. At the current rate Australia should at least be able to post a challenge in the next few years, but even that looks a long way off.

  • front on February 14, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    This is such bad luck for Hazlewood, whom I believe is a winner of the u19 world cup with Australia, and by all accounts an outstanding cricketing. England, at the same tournament, didn't even bother the scorers much, and this goes a long way in showing the depth of Australian cricketers coming through. As an England fan, its a bitter sweet emotion, we would kill to have some much talent coming through, rather than relying on a New Zealander and Topley to shoulder the future bowling workload. Whereas Australia seem to have a production line at the moment of potentially devastating cricketers. It really says a lot when a a player like Hazlewood is replaced by McDermott, who really should have been in the squad to begin with.

  • Sean on February 14, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    This injury is far more complex than first thought. When he bent down to check his foot, it was discovered that he had, in fact, dislodged his shoulder pad.

  • Hamish on February 14, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Hazlewood isn't even in our best 10 pacers currently. He has potential with his pace and bowling consistently at 135 km/h, but all of his selections in the international setup (whether it be in the team or squad) was from this potential, not proven results. He only averages 31 in first class cricket and we have the likes of McDermott, cutting, couter-Nile and butterworth who all haven't played a test. average under 27 and should all be above in the pecking order. His injuries aren't worries for the aus team, but for his sake, we all hope he can recover, stay injury free and improve his peformances

  • Hrishikesh on February 14, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I like Hazelwood. But he needs to put up some numbers. Seems a bit overrated.

  • Tim on February 14, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Not too worried. We've got much better bowlers than Hazelwood anyway. Now Alistair McDermott gets a chance and he should have been in the squad to begin with anyway. Hazelwood needs to do more than 'have height' to make it in Australia. We have enough quicks now that bowlers should have to be topping or near topping the Shield or Ryobi wickets tallys to be considered for national selection these days. Hazelwood isn't anywhere near.

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