In a positive development for the Australian cricket team, pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has been given the green light for selection in the highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, as well as the subsequent Ashes series. After returning home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to minor side soreness, Hazlewood underwent scans That revealed no significant damage, allowing him to resume his preparations ahead of the team’s departure to the United Kingdom.
Hazlewood’s injury concerns
Hazlewood’s injury concerns initially arose during the IPL 2023, where he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Recovering from an Achilles tendinitis sustained during the SCG Test against South Africa earlier this year, Hazlewood missed several matches at the start of the IPL season. Although he gradually regained fitness and joined the RCB squad, he was still on the path to full recovery and did not feature in all of their remaining fixtures.
RCB team director Mike Hesson officially ruled Hazlewood out of the team’s crucial final league game against the Gujarat Titans, further emphasizing the need for caution in managing the bowler’s fitness. However, the recent scans following his return from the IPL sh owed no specific damage, giving Hazlewood and the Australian cricketing fraternity a sigh of relief.
The road to recovery
A spokesperson from Cricket Australia (CA) provided an update, stating, “After a brief and precautionary rest period, Hazlewood returned to high intensity bowling last week and will continue to increase his bowling workloads in preparation for the WTC and Ashes series. Hazle wood is considered fit and available for the WTC and Ashes Series.”
The Australian squad for the UK tour (WTC final and the Ashes) has been announced, featuring 17 players, which will later be trimmed to 15 names specifically for the WTC final, set to commence on June 7. The much-anticipated clash will be followed by a challenging five-match Ashes series, adding to the significance of Hazlewood’s availability and his potential contribution to Australia’s quest for glory in both contests.
As the team prepares to depart on May 28, all eyes will be on Hazlewood’s progress as he continues to build his bowling workload and fine-tune his preparations for the prestigious WTC final and the iconic Ashes battle that awaits Down Under’s cricketing elite.
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