Josh Hazlewood ruled out of India tour, confirms Australia coach Andrew McDonald
Pat Cummins returns home due to family health issues.
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Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The pacer is set to miss the remainder of the series after failing to recover from an injury. He was sidelined from the first two Tests of the series as he was undergoing rehabilitation for an Achilles complaint.
As per cricket.com.au, Australia coach Andrew McDonald revealed that Hazlewood is heading home to continue his rehabilitation from Achilles tendonitis. The 32-year-old sustained the injury during the third Test against South Africa in Sydney in January. He has been ramping up his bowling at training in recent weeks. However, he hasn’t been able to shake the injury and decided to continue his recovery at home in Sydney.
Hazlewood was replaced by Scott Boland in the first Test against India in Nagpur, which India won by an innings and 132 runs. The right-arm fast bowler who made his debut in Test cricket in 2014, has played 59 Tests for Australia so far. He played his maiden Test match against India at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. He claimed five wickets in the first innings itself.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins departs for Sydney due to family commitments
Pat Cummins is also heading home due to some serious health issues in his family. However, the fast bowler is expected to get back to India in time to play the last two Tests. The visitors have better news as Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green are out of injury. Both of them are likely to be part of the third Test starting on March 1 in Indore.
Australia’s hopes of winning a Test series in India for the first time in 19 years got shattered after a disastrous loss in the second Test. Rohit Sharma and Co. displayed complete domination in both Tests to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the four-match series. Winning both the Tests, the hosts also retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India now eye a clean sweep against the tourists to book their spot in the World Test Championship Final. The remaining two Tests are scheduled to be played in Indore and Ahmedabad.