India v Australia 2010-11 September 18, 2010

Injured Josh Hazlewood misses India tour

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A back stress fracture has ended Josh Hazlewood's chances of a debut Test in India next month, but it has handed an unexpected opening to Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson. The 20-year-olds will join Australia's squad as standby players at least until the end of next week's tour match in Chandigarh.

Starc, a left-arm fast bowler from New South Wales, will travel with the team from Sydney on Sunday while Pattinson, a right-armer, will stay with Victoria at the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa until their finals prospects are determined. Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said the injury was disappointing for Hazlewood.

"He is one of the young fast bowlers we have identified as having an important role to play in Australia's future," he said. "At the same time it does create an opportunity for another two young fast bowlers who we are equally sure will make the most of the opportunities."

Hazlewood, 19, earned his one-day debut in June and was only an outside chance to play during the two-Test series, which starts in Mohali on October 1. Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus form part of the first-choice attack while Peter George was also ahead of Hazlewood in the team hierarchy.

The injury comes after a busy off-season for Hazlewood, who also spent time at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. When he arrived at the Academy the coaches were intent on improving his fitness, but the extra load has taken its toll.

"During the past week Josh developed low back pain while bowling in preparation for the upcoming tour," the physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "Scans have confirmed the early stages of a low back stress fracture."

Hilditch said both Starc and Pattinson had made a significant impression at the Centre of Excellence during the winter. "The need for these standby players to return to Australia will be determined at the end of the tour match," he said.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • henchart on September 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Hilfenhaus,Mitcha and Dougie can prove more than handful for Indians if grass is not shaved off the track at Mohali before the test.Barring Sachin ,on current form, not many Indians are comfortable against genuine pace attack .T20 match at Barbados against Aus was evidence of their discomfort.Dravid struggles these days,Gambhir,Raina and Laxman are suspect against moving and raising deliveries .Sehwag is a freak batsman who can either murder any attack or spoon -snick a tame catch early in his innings.Dhoni can ,at best,hang around but not score fluently.These guys havent stepped out of the sub Continent for a test series since Jan 2008.Let Ind,Aus ,SA and Eng play each other outside the Subcontinent to determine which of them is best in the World of test cricket.These four are certainly the top teams.SLK,PAK ,NZ and WI are the lower rung test teams.

  • -Aila- on September 22, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    poor guy. But he will get his chance in the future

  • RyanSmith on September 20, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Can someone explain the anti NSW sentiment to me. I can understand people not being happy about Ben Cutting (for example) not being picked. But this is hardly Starc's fault or anyone else's in NSW's. None of the national selectors are NSWmen. If the squad's that get picked have a heap of NSW players in them, this is other state's fault since they are the one's who pick the team! I repeat NO ONE FROM NSW PICKS THE NATIONAL TEAM. If you have a problem with NSW players getting picked, get angry at the non-NSW selectors not at NSWmen! I don't know why Starc is being picked, but then again I haven't seen him bowl but I think people tend to place too much importance on stats when someone gets picked. We generally aren't told by the selectors why they pick some players and not others. But it is unfair to pick on Starc, it's not as though Pattinson has done much either! It just seems the selectors are looking 3-4 years down the track in some selections and I can partly understand that.

  • Meety on September 20, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    @setu11186 - TBC. Whilst I think that Indian pitches need to remain with a certain charactor, the fact is they are not generally great contest orientated pitches. There are statistically far too many runs scored. In Oz whilst the pitches are faster & bounce more, they offer more all round cricket, early help for seamers, late turn for the spinners, even bounce over the first 3 days with a gradual decline in hot conditions of even bounce. Also with the grounds being smaller in India, mishits are more likely to clear the fence than in Oz, which can vastly alter how a batsmen plies his trade. @sachin_vvsfan - good onya. I think he was taking the piss. @Santhos Kudva - LOL you have struck on an issue for non-NSW states regarding selection. In saying that McGrath statistics were never that good for his state. Nobody foresaw Gilchrest being the w/k-batsmen he became - it is a hunch that Hazlewood has the right stuff.

  • Meety on September 20, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    @Stranded Immigrant - a stress fracture does not mean from overwork, it could be one instance, and I have read reports where it is been identified as pre-fracture. @Arish.Rajan - agreed. Although I am not yet convinced on Raina or Gambhir. @Arun Padmakumar - very cocky mate, I wouldn't be too sure about that, given some of Australia's finest performances of the years have been with the "weakest" teams. Think Border's 1989 Ashes, reclaiming the Frank Worrell cup in the WI in 94, & the last series in SA. Also - I would like to throw in the ODI series last played in India, where a C-Grade Oz team spanked India. Write the boys from OZ off at your own peril. @Dalesguy - India have never won, (a Test), in Queensland - get your fact straights mate. @setu11186 - agreed partially. However, one of the fundamental problems with Indian pitches is it seems the richest Cricket Nation in the world can't put grass on a pitch! Not that hard to do if your motivated. TBC

  • Jackson_S. on September 20, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Can someone please tell me why Trent Copeland has continually been overlooked? Is he injured, or is it just a series of oversights? I guarantee the NSW selectors will pick him ahead of Hazelwood & Starc this season, & his form last summer was far better than that of George & Pattinson. This is a strange one...

  • sonjjay on September 19, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Stranded_Immigrant. If it is being played to retain the no1 spot the BCCI couldnt have picked a worse team. Inviting the aussies to retain the no 1 spot is like shooting urself in the foot. Besides we already played a 7 match odi series last year so this one seems unneccessary too. I think Ind vs Aus matches esp test matches attract higher TRP's here and the reason looks more monetary to me.

  • Winsome on September 19, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Spot on, Santosh, those figures are nowhere near international level, but talking about NSW players, there is actually a NSW quick who has played as many games as Starc with far, far better stats, but he appears to be completely ignored.

    The Aus selection panel is in a very weird place these days.

  • Des_65 on September 19, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Why people don't talk of different turfs for cricket like tennis? Why discuss about some team(s) not being able to bat on fast pitches? A good batmen or bowler should be able to excel in a variery of conditions. A variety of turfs should also be provided for hockey not only astro-turf.

  • StarveTheLizard on September 19, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I wouldn't worry too much about the comments, Sonjjay. This is all in fun. Unfortunately, however, there is more than a grain of truth in what your compatriots are saying about the Australian lineup.

    I think it will be thumped. We have a captain who is not very good. We have a weak batting lineup. Finally, we have a bowling lineup that blows hot and cold.

    I cannot think of a single reason why the current, sorry, lineup can achieve anything other than dismal defeat.

    What I do wonder, though, is why Australia are in India again. Weren't we there last time the two teams had a test series? Whose idea was it to compete there again? My understanding is that, originally, this was going to be an ODI series and the BCCI changed this to a two-test contest.

    Is this an attempt by the BCCI to artificially top-up the Indian team's test score by staging two successive contests in India? Average as the Australian pace attack is, it would be enough to handle India in Australia.

  • henchart on September 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Hilfenhaus,Mitcha and Dougie can prove more than handful for Indians if grass is not shaved off the track at Mohali before the test.Barring Sachin ,on current form, not many Indians are comfortable against genuine pace attack .T20 match at Barbados against Aus was evidence of their discomfort.Dravid struggles these days,Gambhir,Raina and Laxman are suspect against moving and raising deliveries .Sehwag is a freak batsman who can either murder any attack or spoon -snick a tame catch early in his innings.Dhoni can ,at best,hang around but not score fluently.These guys havent stepped out of the sub Continent for a test series since Jan 2008.Let Ind,Aus ,SA and Eng play each other outside the Subcontinent to determine which of them is best in the World of test cricket.These four are certainly the top teams.SLK,PAK ,NZ and WI are the lower rung test teams.

  • -Aila- on September 22, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    poor guy. But he will get his chance in the future

  • RyanSmith on September 20, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Can someone explain the anti NSW sentiment to me. I can understand people not being happy about Ben Cutting (for example) not being picked. But this is hardly Starc's fault or anyone else's in NSW's. None of the national selectors are NSWmen. If the squad's that get picked have a heap of NSW players in them, this is other state's fault since they are the one's who pick the team! I repeat NO ONE FROM NSW PICKS THE NATIONAL TEAM. If you have a problem with NSW players getting picked, get angry at the non-NSW selectors not at NSWmen! I don't know why Starc is being picked, but then again I haven't seen him bowl but I think people tend to place too much importance on stats when someone gets picked. We generally aren't told by the selectors why they pick some players and not others. But it is unfair to pick on Starc, it's not as though Pattinson has done much either! It just seems the selectors are looking 3-4 years down the track in some selections and I can partly understand that.

  • Meety on September 20, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    @setu11186 - TBC. Whilst I think that Indian pitches need to remain with a certain charactor, the fact is they are not generally great contest orientated pitches. There are statistically far too many runs scored. In Oz whilst the pitches are faster & bounce more, they offer more all round cricket, early help for seamers, late turn for the spinners, even bounce over the first 3 days with a gradual decline in hot conditions of even bounce. Also with the grounds being smaller in India, mishits are more likely to clear the fence than in Oz, which can vastly alter how a batsmen plies his trade. @sachin_vvsfan - good onya. I think he was taking the piss. @Santhos Kudva - LOL you have struck on an issue for non-NSW states regarding selection. In saying that McGrath statistics were never that good for his state. Nobody foresaw Gilchrest being the w/k-batsmen he became - it is a hunch that Hazlewood has the right stuff.

  • Meety on September 20, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    @Stranded Immigrant - a stress fracture does not mean from overwork, it could be one instance, and I have read reports where it is been identified as pre-fracture. @Arish.Rajan - agreed. Although I am not yet convinced on Raina or Gambhir. @Arun Padmakumar - very cocky mate, I wouldn't be too sure about that, given some of Australia's finest performances of the years have been with the "weakest" teams. Think Border's 1989 Ashes, reclaiming the Frank Worrell cup in the WI in 94, & the last series in SA. Also - I would like to throw in the ODI series last played in India, where a C-Grade Oz team spanked India. Write the boys from OZ off at your own peril. @Dalesguy - India have never won, (a Test), in Queensland - get your fact straights mate. @setu11186 - agreed partially. However, one of the fundamental problems with Indian pitches is it seems the richest Cricket Nation in the world can't put grass on a pitch! Not that hard to do if your motivated. TBC

  • Jackson_S. on September 20, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Can someone please tell me why Trent Copeland has continually been overlooked? Is he injured, or is it just a series of oversights? I guarantee the NSW selectors will pick him ahead of Hazelwood & Starc this season, & his form last summer was far better than that of George & Pattinson. This is a strange one...

  • sonjjay on September 19, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Stranded_Immigrant. If it is being played to retain the no1 spot the BCCI couldnt have picked a worse team. Inviting the aussies to retain the no 1 spot is like shooting urself in the foot. Besides we already played a 7 match odi series last year so this one seems unneccessary too. I think Ind vs Aus matches esp test matches attract higher TRP's here and the reason looks more monetary to me.

  • Winsome on September 19, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Spot on, Santosh, those figures are nowhere near international level, but talking about NSW players, there is actually a NSW quick who has played as many games as Starc with far, far better stats, but he appears to be completely ignored.

    The Aus selection panel is in a very weird place these days.

  • Des_65 on September 19, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Why people don't talk of different turfs for cricket like tennis? Why discuss about some team(s) not being able to bat on fast pitches? A good batmen or bowler should be able to excel in a variery of conditions. A variety of turfs should also be provided for hockey not only astro-turf.

  • StarveTheLizard on September 19, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I wouldn't worry too much about the comments, Sonjjay. This is all in fun. Unfortunately, however, there is more than a grain of truth in what your compatriots are saying about the Australian lineup.

    I think it will be thumped. We have a captain who is not very good. We have a weak batting lineup. Finally, we have a bowling lineup that blows hot and cold.

    I cannot think of a single reason why the current, sorry, lineup can achieve anything other than dismal defeat.

    What I do wonder, though, is why Australia are in India again. Weren't we there last time the two teams had a test series? Whose idea was it to compete there again? My understanding is that, originally, this was going to be an ODI series and the BCCI changed this to a two-test contest.

    Is this an attempt by the BCCI to artificially top-up the Indian team's test score by staging two successive contests in India? Average as the Australian pace attack is, it would be enough to handle India in Australia.

  • on September 19, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    i must be seeing things. or is it a case of New South Welshmen finding it easy to make the national side? 25 first class wickets in 10 matches or 2.5 wickets per test match for starc and 17 wickets in 6 matches with a best of 3/94 for hazlewood hardly merit the baggy green.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 19, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    @AllAussiefans Ignore Gupta.Ankur. He probably meant best indian batting line up of all time. If not i forgive him because he must be a kid and probably hadnt seen much of Aussies in the late 90s or WI in 80's. Anyways the selectors are just messing around with the players . Two tests wont reveal much for the fast bowlers in indian conditions.They probably want the gud players be on bench and available for Ashes.

  • setu11186 on September 19, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    @Chris_P I dont understand why people complain that Indians have turning tracks and can play only on such wickets. We can also claim that the Aussies and English have bouncy tracks and can play only onn such tracks. Its just the fact that the land is natually different across countries and pitches cant be same everywhere. Please understand that people!

  • RyanSmith on September 19, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    @Jonesy 2. I might be wrong but I don't think these guys Starc and Pattinson are necessarily next in line just because they got picked to go to India. I think the selectors have the the top five pacemen worked out. Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger, Siddle and Harris. I think they want to give some of the younger guys some experience around the Australian set up, perhaps working with someone like Troy Coolley. But I think that they would be expecting Johnson, Hilfenhaus and Bollinger to play the test matches. If one of them were to break down on tour they might go with two spinners instead with Hauritz and Smith and use Watson more. (Watson was close to our best bowler in 2008 in India!). Given that whoever they take will likely be just warming the benches I think they figure it would be better for guys like Cutting etc to be playing cricket in the lead up to the home summer and the Ashes with their state's. Just a theory. Same went with Hazelwood's selection!

  • Josh_Schon81 on September 19, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    I agree with Rakesh Aggarwal, It's Ben Cutting's time. He was the leading wicket taker in the Shield last year, that's right, more that Hazelwood, George, Pattinson, Starc, Copeland, you name it, and yet he is still over looked. Still young and a huge work ethic, I thought he would be perfect for India. Apparently not though.

  • DalesGuy on September 18, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    @ChrisP, you guys - both Aus and Ind - won't stop gloating!! Any way India has not been as bad as you try to make out here. Last time they were down under they did win a test albeit with a series loss. Don't forget, it is Australia, who lost 2 series in their 'Queens Land'. On the contrary, India drew and won a series there. So, get the facts right. More over, on the so called flat tracks, it was a relatively newcomer medium fast bowler who was the man of the match in the 2 nil defeat for Aussie. Shall we stop gloating!!

  • on September 18, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    whatever maybe the aussie squad, ,VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar are going to pulverize it for sure.I expect both to raise their current 55 + batting average against australia to somewhere around 65,simply because this is the weakest australian bowling line up they are ever going to face in their career and under conditions extremely favouring batting.in the last 15 years they are the only 2 batsmen to have averaged 55+ against australia,followed by Brian Lara,Kevin Pietersen,Sehwag,Paul Collingwood who averages in the range 50-55.Sachin has 10 while Laxman has 6 Test centuries against Australia.also in ODI's Sachin has 9 and Laxman has 4 centuries against australia and both averages 46 with a strike rate of 85+.Also in the last 15 years Laxman's 281 and Sachin 241* are the highest scores against australia(no offences to Lara's 277 at sydney).Border-Gavaskar trophy starting next month is really an uphill task for australia,compared to the Ashes which will be be a cakewalk for Aussies

  • jonesy2 on September 18, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    WHYYYYY!!!!! why would pattinson and starc by in the mix!?? there are soooooooo many better!!! the selectors are killin us!!

  • sonjjay on September 18, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Its really immature to see some fans taking a shot at aussies for no reason.Ofcourse there will be a backlash from the aussie fans . Our indian team is certainly doing well but we simply cant write the aussies off. Having seen the game for the past decade i think its only the aussies and mayb the south africans who can really beat us in India(they have). Lets not be complacent and enjoy a good cricket series...

  • on September 18, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Surprised to see CA giving exposure to young fast bowlers at international circuit instead of consistent performers in domestic circuit like Ben Cutting. They may come under a situation where there is too much option for few spots. First it was Hazelwood and George and now Starc and Pattinson.

    Already they have Hilfenhaus (Tasmania) Bollinger (NSW) Johnson (WA) Siddle (Victoria) Harris (Queensland) Mckay (Victoria) Tait (T 20 and ODI) (SA) Nannes (T 20 only) (Victoria)

    Rookies in the line: George (SA) Hazelwood (NSW) Starc (NSW) Burt Cockley (NSW) Copeland (NSW) Pattinson (Victoria) Ben Cutting (Queensland)

    Out of the favour: Bracken (NSW) Lee (NSW) Stuart Clark (NSW)

  • Chris_P on September 18, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    @gupta.ankur. You forgot to add "on flat decks that don't help bowlers". Let's see how they handle South African conditions when they go there, or have you got the "umpires are against team India" response ready to post? For a team raised on spinning wickets and spinners, the Lankans spinners made short work of them in the first test when Murali played. Granted they are good, but they lack many skills against bouncy, seaming wickets and swing bowling. If & when they handle the tracks of South Africa, Australia & England (in current mode) and win series there, perhaps your statement can be agreed with all the jingo it was initially intended.

  • maddy20 on September 18, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    @Ben tumilty Or you can choose a side containing batsmen Ponting with an average of just over 20 in the sub-continent!

  • Clyde on September 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Certainly odd that a game played for recreation should destroy. What stress would there be in cricket?

  • arish.rajan on September 18, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Gupta.Ankur probably means best Indian batting line up of all time.. which is quite true.. sachin, sehwag, dravid and dhoni(as wicket keeper batsman) are in india's all time test team's batting list.. Laxman missed out narrowly ... gambhir is also a world class batsman over the last 2 years ... the last guy raina will also be pretty good in indian pitches

    of course a batting line up with bradman will be better, becos he is like 2 good batsman ...

    this might make the list of top 10 best batting line ups ever :-).. but these guys will be gone in 1 or max 2 yrs.. enjoying it while it is there..

    the bowling line up is really weak though :-(

  • sculpture1 on September 18, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    bull 74..ben cutting played for south brisbane today in the first round of the brisbane grade comp as a batsman as he is still recovering from off season ankle surgery

  • on September 18, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    And they think Australian supporters are parochial.

  • rhk89 on September 18, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    the indian have one of the best batting lineup but not the best, this might be a boring series as on flat wickets there will be huge runs and might even end at 0-0, as neither of the two teams have any great bowler.........India must take Praveen Kumar in their test side as i think he at present is their best bowler

  • DalesGuy on September 18, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Hope the gloating ends here

  • bull74 on September 18, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I am hoping Ben Cutting is injured as surely he should have been the one picked. If not leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield doesnt reflect in selection!

  • zapper22 on September 18, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    @gupta.ankur---are you talking about the same so called "best batting line-up" which struggled to draw the test series in Sri Lanka, and has not played a single test out of the sub-continent against strong opposition for almost 3 years now?

  • on September 18, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Few comments have been as silly as that, Gupta.

  • Vasik on September 18, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    or he would just pull off a 'Mendis'

  • on September 18, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    new bowlers shud never be tried against india in india which have such a superior line up

  • StarveTheLizard on September 18, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    What's up with the Australian bowling backroom? They train a young guy to the point of physical breakdown!!!! What is wrong with these people?!?

    I may be misguided here, but isn't the purpose of a training regime to prevent injury? Ahhh!

  • on September 18, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Gupta, give over mate. Greatest batting line-up of all time? It's good, but it isn't that good. I'd take Bradman's invincibles, Any England team around the time of the early 1930's... or, alternatively, any 1990-2005 Aussie side, or the West Indies line-up of the 1980s... Heck, I've got a large choice!

  • Sutty101 on September 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Starc and Pattinson? Are they joking? Where is Trent Copeland?

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 18, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    he was anyhow going to struggle against the best batting line-up of all time..........he probably saved his career.

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  • Gupta.Ankur on September 18, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    he was anyhow going to struggle against the best batting line-up of all time..........he probably saved his career.

  • Sutty101 on September 18, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Starc and Pattinson? Are they joking? Where is Trent Copeland?

  • on September 18, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Gupta, give over mate. Greatest batting line-up of all time? It's good, but it isn't that good. I'd take Bradman's invincibles, Any England team around the time of the early 1930's... or, alternatively, any 1990-2005 Aussie side, or the West Indies line-up of the 1980s... Heck, I've got a large choice!

  • StarveTheLizard on September 18, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    What's up with the Australian bowling backroom? They train a young guy to the point of physical breakdown!!!! What is wrong with these people?!?

    I may be misguided here, but isn't the purpose of a training regime to prevent injury? Ahhh!

  • on September 18, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    new bowlers shud never be tried against india in india which have such a superior line up

  • Vasik on September 18, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    or he would just pull off a 'Mendis'

  • on September 18, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Few comments have been as silly as that, Gupta.

  • zapper22 on September 18, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    @gupta.ankur---are you talking about the same so called "best batting line-up" which struggled to draw the test series in Sri Lanka, and has not played a single test out of the sub-continent against strong opposition for almost 3 years now?

  • bull74 on September 18, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I am hoping Ben Cutting is injured as surely he should have been the one picked. If not leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield doesnt reflect in selection!

  • DalesGuy on September 18, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Hope the gloating ends here