Josh Hazelwood doubtful for South Africa home series

Pat Cummins

Australia quick Josh Hazelwood has incurred a side strain when playing against the West Indies in Adelaide.

Investigations by the medical staff have revealed that it is actually a side strain and not general soreness.

This is the second casualty for Australia in Tests as before it was skipper Pat Cummins.

After Hazelwood returns to Sydney on Friday, he will be evaluated further by the medical staff.

If Hazelwood doesn’t recover on time, he will have to miss the home series against South Africa starting on 17th December.

Michael Neser and Scott Boland are the two replacements for Australia in their Test team.

The first Test between Australia and South Africa is going to be hosted in Brisbane.

This is not the first time that Hazelwood has suffered from a side strain.

Last summer, he had a similar fate when playing against England in the Ashes series at home in Gabba.

Hazelwood then played only once on the tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the team decided to play two frontline spinners in those series.

Last week’s Perth Test is only Hazelwood’s second appearance since the Brisbane Test against England.

Cricket Australia are having a tough time managing their bowlers’ workload management because of which they have already lost two of their frontline pacers at the start of the summer.

Australia will also travel to India to play four Test matches the schedule for which has been announced by the BCCI yesterday.

The venues for the four Tests are Nagpur, Delhi, Dharamsala, and Ahmedabad with the last Test beginning on 9th March.

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