Josh Hazlewood flown back to Sydney, dropped from Second ODI

 . Last updated on January 18, 2018, 3:17 PM
Josh Hazlewood flown back to Sydney, dropped from Second ODI
Josh Hazlewood, top Australia bowler, is dropped from the second ODI as well due to viral fever.

Australia will play with a changed bowling ensemble at the second ODI against England. Josh Hazlewood, the top bowler of the team is dropped from the team on account of illness. This has forced selectors to hand over the ODI debut to Jhye Richardson. Earlier, Hazlewood was included in the team to replace Pat Cummins. The bowler is suffering from viral fever and is flown back to Sydney. The second ODI will be played at Gabba against England.

In absence of Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc is left as the only bowling spearhead of the team. Tim Paine will be also playing as a bowling hand after being deemed as fit. Jhye Richardson is a top pacer in the domestic circuit. He deliveries reaching a speed of 150 km per hour has been on limelight. The player has already debuted in T20 format against Sri Lanka last year.

Australia lost the first ODI against England after a victorious Ashes campaign. To this, striker David Warner earlier commented that his team is not suffering a “hangover”. In the match, the home bowling attack got slackened as they were unable to defend the score of 305. In the next match, the team is preparing coming with a wobbly bowling attack, which has a chance of backfire. This would put a stronger thrust on batsmen to put up more runs into the tally, if the team bat first.

Hazlewood was also absent from the first match along with Tim Paine. The team could only bring Tim Paine back to the tournament, keeping the bowling attack only partially fulfilled. Although, Gabba is known as one of grounds where Australia has been always stronger, England boosted its morale with the first win at MCG. England has been playing as the top winning in ODI since more than a couple of years. For England, winning the ODI series will be a strong reply back to Australia’s Ashes dominion.


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