Australia news July 21, 2014

Hazlewood ruled out of A-team quadrangular

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia A fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the Quadrangular A-team one-day series after suffering a side strain in the opening game against India A on Sunday. Hazlewood, who did not play the four-day games against India A earlier, bowled just three overs in Darwin before leaving the field. New South Wales fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu, who is playing the quadrangular series for the National Performance Squad, has been put on standby as a bowling cover.

Widely considered one of Australia's most promising pace prospects, Hazlewood has struggled with injuries and has missed out on chances to play for the national side. In September 2010, months after his ODI debut, Hazlewood was ruled out of the India tour due to a back stress fracture. He was expected to make a Test debut against Sri Lanka in December 2012 but missed the series because of foot soreness and a similar ailment kept him out of Australia A games against England Lions in February last year. Since his first-class debut in 2008, Hazlewood has played only 26 matches, while playing three ODIs and two T20s for Australia.

Phillip Hughes will also miss a few games of the quadrangular series due to a death in his family and will join the squad at a later date. Tom Cooper will replace Hughes until his return.