Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood has a setback ahead of the Ashes tournament. While Australian players are considering the Sheffield Shield matches as their warm up tournaments for Ashes series, Hazlewood found himself away from the opening schedules of the tournament. It is not only Hazlewood, facing fitness blues, but also Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The trio will miss several matches of the tournament. The players are on a delayed fitness schedule following injuries in previous matches. Hazlewood suffered a side strain in the campaign against Bangladesh. The player is dropped from the match between New South Wales and South Australia on October 27.
The first round of Shield matches comprises of three Test matches. The Ashes will break with the first Test match of the tournament at Gabba. The match will be played on November 23. The bowler said he will be ready for the third match of the Shield tournament, in the lock horn between Brisbane and Queensland. He said, the timing of both the matches and his injuries are 'unfortunate.' The player is recovering fast, but not enough to play. Hazlewood recovering for the Ashes now. Before being injured in the Bangladesh tournament, he was through an intensive form.
Australian selectors are trying out every strategy to get back the team on track. They are also checking out adequate options. The team is expected to get packed with six batsmen. Hazlewood, being an allrounder option would put the lineup in jeopardy if he cannot emerge fit for the tournament. Also, a balance in the bowling attack would loss without the player. In an earlier press meet, the senior bowler appealed the emerging new players of the team to boost up their plays and support players like David Warner. Earlier, he also bet for players like Usman Khawaja, the younger cricketers in the team.
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