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June 10, 2010
Josh Hazlewood, the teenage fast bowler, has been catapulted into Australia's one-day squad after Mitchell Johnson was ruled out of the series in England with an elbow infection. Australia are hopeful Johnson will be fit for the two Tests against Pakistan that follow the limited-overs portion of the tour.
"Mitchell had an infected right elbow during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, which had resolved towards the end of the tournament," Alex Kountouris, the team physio, said. "Since returning to Australia he has had a flare-up of the condition and is currently being treated for it.
"As part of the treatment he requires specialist medical management over the coming weeks and as such he's been ruled out of the six ODIs against Ireland and England. It is hoped that he will make a full recovery in time to join the tour and take part in the Twenty20 internationals and the Test series against Pakistan in England."
Johnson has had his right arm tattooed since the Australian summer, but it is unclear whether that had anything to do with the infection. His absence could open the door for Australia's youngest ever one-day international debutant, as Hazlewood doesn't turn 20 until next January.
The only two men to have played ODIs for Australia at 19 are Ray Bright and Craig McDermott, but if Hazlewood debuts on this trip he will beat them by roughly three months. Although his one-day form for New South Wales has been solid rather than brilliant, Hazlewood was a standout in Australia's Under-19 World Cup-winning side this year and has been marked down as a star of the future.
"Josh Hazlewood has been identified as one of a crop of young fast bowlers who the national selection panel consider can impact for Australia at international level," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. "He will be well suited to English conditions and this provides a great opportunity for him to be part of the Australian setup on a tour of Ireland and England. We are sure if he gets an opportunity he will perform very well."
The Australians fly out on Friday for their tour of the British Isles, which begins with a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin next Thursday. That is followed by five ODIs against England, two Twenty20s with Pakistan and two Tests against Pakistan.
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