Australia in England 2010 June 10, 2010

Johnson ruled out of England ODIs

Cricinfo staff

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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  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    This may be the best for australia but they should have prefered dirk nannes over josh haselwood because he brings the pace and consistency which needs in fast bowling.Heartly congrats to josh for getting a chance in the team which lacks in class so some thing is in him for which selectors have preferd over many good players. BEST OF LUCK JOSH

  • s.sreekant on June 11, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    its no use picking bracken,they need look into future no use of sticking with experienced fellows who are just come out of injuries cutting is injured,i know he is too young but if they knew he has a potential then he needs to gt the taste of international cricket,at least they should have selected rimmington and is james pattinson injured???????

  • tomemy on June 11, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    A good option from the selectors, especially with a World Cup just around the corner. Would have much preferred Peter George though, at least he has the figures on the board.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    @Sally Parker, Must be exciting to see a person like Josh who studied with you in your own class doing what he loves best in front of the whole world.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    They are not Australian selectors for no reason they have done the right thing. I just hope they stick with Josh unlike with Phil Hughes. He is an amazing cricketer and will only improve with this high level exprience. Having seen him play its safe to say he's not undeveloped he has a steady head on his shoulders. He will do the job

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Australian selectors once again following thier policy of picking blues with a hand full of games in the face of both much more expirenced and talented players as well as common sence

  • Winsome on June 10, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Ben Cutting is injured.

    I don't get why they have picked Hazlewood either, he is just too young and undeveloped. There are far more experienced bowlers, even Bracks would have been worth a shout at this late stage.

  • nazmur on June 10, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Hope Josh gets a chance and does well in England.I have seen him in under 19 WC and he did really well there. He must be better than Ben Cutting, Peter George, A.Mcdormet, M.Starc or T.Copeland all of those fast men are older than him.Looking at them boys I must say Aussie bench is really strong.Australia probably have found their next leading test man in Josh who could become a great combination of G.Mcgrath(line and length) and W.Younis(swing).

  • dummy4fb on June 10, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    I'm so excited and happy for Josh! He was in my class in high school, always knew he'd go far!

  • Wizza9994 on June 10, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Strange they would go for a New South Welshman.

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