Hazlewood out of action for a month

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Hazlewood will be sidelined for the next month

Australia’s pace bowling stocks continue to dwindle just days before the start of the Ashes series against arch-rivals England after it was revealed that Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of action for a month after complaining of shin soreness.

With Hazlewood likely to be out till mid-December, Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard will now be forced to look for someone else to be the national team’s eighth fast bowler.

The other seven pace bowlers are believed to be Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Clint McKay.

It is understood that Chadd Sayers and Doug Bollinger will be closely monitored over the next couple of days.

“New South Wales Blues paceman Josh Hazlewood will miss grade cricket tomorrow due to shin soreness,” a Cricket New South Wales spokesman said. “The management plan for Josh was for him to miss the second round of Sheffield Shield cricket, play grade cricket tomorrow [Saturday] before returning for round three of the Shield. Josh had some shin soreness during the first Sheffield Shield game that has not resolved, as such he will not play in the grade cricket match on the weekend and is likely to miss the next few weeks until he has fully recovered.”

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