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Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood will be sidelined for the upcoming ODI series against England in June due to a bone stress injury in his back.
Hazlewood was withdrawn from the squad on the day that Australia were supposed to fly out.
As a result, Australia have called up uncapped Michael Neser to take Hazlewood’s spot on the roster.
Neser has yet to make his international debut, but excelled with the Adelaide Strikers, who won the recent edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), as he took 13 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 28.61.
“Josh has been managing some low-level bone stress in his lumbar spine for a short period,” team physiotherapist David Beakley was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He had a repeat scan today and although it has not progressed to a fracture he is starting to experience some lower-back pain. As such, we are taking a conservative approach and he will not travel to England for the one-day series.”
Hazlewood now joins fellow pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins on the list of injured players.
Both Starc and Cummins will miss the limited overs tour of England as the former is recovering from a bone stress reaction in his right leg, while the latter is nursing swelling in the vertebrae in his back.
The five-match ODI series between England and Australia will begin on June 13 at The Oval. It will be followed up with a one-off Twenty20 International at Edgbaston on June 27.