Starc rested, Hazlewood included
Mitchell Starc has been rested by Cricket Australia for Friday's Matador Cup match between New South Wales and Queensland at Drummoyne Oval. Josh Hazlewood has been included in the New South Wales squad, having been unavailable for the start of the tournament as his workload was managed following a busy few months in the Australia team.
Starc has dominated the Matador Cup this month and from four matches has 19 wickets at the remarkable average of 6.00, with a wicket coming every 11.1 deliveries. Starc began the tournament with 6 for 25 against the Cricket Australia XI and then claimed 4 for 27 against South Australia, 4 for 23 against Western Australia, and 5 for 39 against Tasmania.
After the Ashes, Cricket Australia confirmed that Starc had bone spurs in his ankle that caused inflammation in the joint. He is being rested only for Friday's match against Queensland and is expected to be available for the remainder of the tournament; New South Wales play Victoria on Sunday and are then likely to be part of the finals.
Hazlewood has not played a match since the fourth Test of the Ashes series and was not selected for the Bangladesh Test tour, which was ultimately cancelled due to security concerns. New South Wales are so far unbeaten in the Matador Cup after four games.