Cricket Australia (CA) is optimistic about the availability of veteran pacer Josh Hazlewood for the World Test Championship (WTC) final in 2023 and the Ashes 2023. Cricket Australia confirmed that Josh Hazlewood is experiencing minor pain and has returned to the game after completing their last Indian Premier League (IPL) Match 2023.
Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the 2023 Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) series in India due to an Achilles tendon injury. The right-arm pacer missed the first half of IPL 2023 and returned to the game against Lucknow Super Giants. He played three matches in the tournament and picked up three wickets at an economic rate of 8.44.
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A CA spokesman provided an update on Josh Hazlewood’s injury and said preparations have begun for the important Test matches in England.
Josh Hazlewood returned home from the IPL last weekend after experiencing minor pain in his side after completing his most recent IPL match.
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“After a brief and precautionary rest period, Hazlewood returned to high-intensity bowling last week and will continue to increase his bowling workload in preparation for the WTC and Ashes series. Hazlewood is deemed fit and available for the WTC and Ashes Series.”
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Australia will take on India in the WTC 2023 final at the London Oval from June 7-11. Following the WTC final, the Pat Cummins-led team will take on England in a five-match series, with the first test kicking off at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 16.
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Josh Hazlewood named in squad for WTC final
Australian selectors chose Josh Hazlewood for the WTC final, as well as the first two rounds of the highly anticipated Ashes series. He will travel to the UK with the Australian team after scans show no damage.
Australian squad for the WTC final and the first two tests in ashes
Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Starc, David Warner
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