Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood is set to miss out on the highly-anticipated World Test Championship final at The Oval against Australia. It is quite unfortunate that the star bowler has been ruled out of the campaign due his ongoing Achilles and side issues. This forced a late change to the squad just three days away.
Josh Hazlewood will miss WTC Final
Josh Hazlewood has been battling the injury for a long time and that had led to his late joining to the Royal Challengers Bangalore side as well in the recently-concluded IPL 2023 season. Australia decided not to take further risk with the fast bowler with a busy schedule ahead.
Australia-named in-form all-rounder Michael Neser, has so far played only two Test matches in his career, as his replacement in the 15-man squad for the final and now could be in contention for a place on the playing XI as well if the management opt to go for him over Scott Boland. The replacement was approved by the World Test Championship Final’s Event Technical Committee.
Neser’s inclusion comes down to his impressive run in the County Championship for Glamorgan where he picked 19 wickets in just five matches while also scoring a century against Sussex. Australia are hopeful that Josh Hazlewood would be available for selection for the upcoming Ashes series that follows immediately after the WTC final.
Check out the updated Australia squad:
Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, David Warner
Standby players: Mitch Marsh, Matthew Renshaw