The Australian fast bowler, Josh Halewood has joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the second phase of the 14th edition of the cash-rich league. Last month, CSK had confirmed the availability of Josh Hazelwood for the remainder of the IPL 2021 season. He did not take part in the earlier part of the season, which was suspended in May due to Covid-19 concerns.
Josh Hazelwood had pulled out of the league citing personal reasons and in his absence, CSK roped in left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff from Australia. However, he did not feature in the playing XI for a single game for the 3-time champions in IPL 2021.
Confirming the availability of Hazelwood, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had said, “Hazlewood has confirmed his availability for the second phase of IPL starting from September 19. The BCCI has confirmed that players who were not available in the first phase can join the respective teams in the second phase if they are fit and available. Considering Hazlewood’s form, he will be a great addition to our team.”
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Josh Hazelwood played only 3 matches for CSK after being bought for INR 2 crore at the IPL 2020 auction. He has been in fine form for Australia. He picked up 8 wickets in 4 matches for Australia against Bangladesh in a recently-concluded T20I series. He has also been selected in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.
Notably, Chennai Super Kings were among the first teams to begin training in the UAE for the remainder of IPL 2021. Before the season came to halt, CSK was at the 2nd spot of the 8-team IPL 2021 points table with 7 wins in 10 matches before the season was suspended. With a strong all-around unit at their disposal, the Chennai-based franchise will be eyeing to reach the play-offs in the UAE.