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Hazlewood soreness thins Ashes pace ranks

Daniel Brettig

November 8, 2013

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Josh Hazlewood geared up for a training session, Headingley, September 5, 2013
Josh Hazlewood is suffering from shin soreness © Getty Images
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Australia's fast-bowling stocks for the Ashes have thinned still further after it was revealed Josh Hazlewood is suffering from shin soreness and will be out of action for up to a month while he recovers. Hazlewood had been set aside by Cricket Australia as one of eight fast bowlers to be prepared for the Ashes, and was believed to be in line for consideration around the time of the second match of the series in Adelaide.

However Hazlewood's likely absence for a month will rule him out of action until mid-December, forcing CA's team performance manager Pat Howard and the selectors to look elsewhere for their eighth fast man. Others in the group are believed to include Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Clint McKay. Chadd Sayers and the discarded Doug Bollinger are two pacemen who will now be under closer consideration.

"New South Wales Blues paceman Josh Hazlewood will miss grade cricket tomorrow due to shin soreness," a Cricket New South Wales spokesman said. "The management plan for Josh was for him to miss the second round of Sheffield Shield cricket, play grade cricket tomorrow [Saturday] before returning for round three of the Shield. Josh had some shin soreness during the first Sheffield Shield game that has not resolved, as such he will not play in the grade cricket match on the weekend and is likely to miss the next few weeks until he has fully recovered."

Hazlewood had been the subject of controversy earlier this week when he was removed from the New South Wales Sheffield Shield side for their match against Victoria as part of a pre-arranged CA management plan. This raised the objection of the state bowling coach Geoff Lawson, who thought Hazlewood needed to bowl after a poor display against Tasmania in the opening round.

A compromise was therefore reached in which Hazlewood turned out for his Sydney grade side over the weekend before returning to the Blues' Shield team for their match against Queensland in Brisbane a week before the first Test. However he has now joined James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird among the list of quick bowlers unavailable as the Ashes series looms.

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Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 9, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

The selectors have already basically let known it will be Siddle, Harris and Johnson in the first test. But should one of them get injured, dropped etc Ben Cutting should go straight in. Troubled nearly all the English batsmen and was very unlucky in the A game, has just missed out on test selection before due to injury on the eve of a test, is an excellent fielder and big hitter with the bat(much more consistent than Johnson), and has good accuracy and a surprising bouncer.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 9, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

He shouldn't have been picked anyway. If he didn't play for NSW he would be way down on the list. Hasn't got close to any consistency and hasn't even taken 5 wickets in an innings in the shield

Posted by Macker60 on (November 9, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

I think you need to go back and check your history, Australia rarely goes into a Test match with there First chose Bowlers there has always been someone injured. Here a few, that have missed large Chunks of Cricket, Lillee, Thompson, Gillespie , Reid, Alderman, MacDemont, Plus there have been quite a few Leading Shield bowlers that broke down and never got a Shot.

Posted by DickCam on (November 9, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

Our bowlers never had these issues when Dennis Lillee was bowling coach. In '04 CA cut him lose in order to save $$$. We are seeing the fruits of that unwise decision, and now we have a former rugby player managing our cricketers fitness. Surely James Sutherland has done enough damage to Aussie cricket, please James quit now!

Posted by   on (November 8, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

Feeling bad for Cummins. He is an exceptional talent. Conside him CA

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 8, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

@ Joseph Langford ROFL yep ! ....... but hold on there are 45 of us and that's a budget increase of ........ All our systems are in place to prove it wasn't our fault ......we leave no stone unturned........ they should take over a quality system consultancy firm as a sideline ....... too funny. With Hazlewood though, I think he somehow needs to get back off his toe on the front crease..... can't see it ever not causing ankle, calf, shin problems ?

Posted by   on (November 8, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Author has overlooked Pat Cummins. The guy is still only 20

Posted by   on (November 8, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

What is the CA Training Team doing to our pace bowlers and when are they going to wake up to themselves to relies that what they are doing is detrimental to the health of these young men?? How many more pace bowlers have to be injured before their destructive techniques and methods are thrown out?!?!?

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (November 8, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Hazlewood has an unusual landing action that surely must lead to injuries in his front leg ?

Posted by   on (November 8, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Where is Alister McDermott? He was a decent prospect.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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