The lanky Australian fast bowler, Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy due to an injury, while all-rounder Cameron Green has been declared fit to ply his trade in the third Test against India. Australia head coach Andrew McDonald confirmed that Hazlewood will head to Sydney to continue his rehabilitation from an Achilles complaint that barred him from playing the first two Tests in Nagpur and Delhi.
Australia lost the first couple of Tests to India, which meant India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. According to Cricket Australia, Hazlewood will also not be available for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield. The visiting Australian side got welcoming news a day after losing the Delhi Test.
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Australia all-rounder Cameron Green has been declared 100 percent fit for the third Test in India, while fast bowler Mitchell Starc will also be expected to make a comeback.
Both Green and Starc had suffered serious finger injuries during the Test series against South Africa last year. Starc, who landed in India ahead of the Delhi Test, was hopeful of featuring in the XI for the second Test.
Ahead of the Delhi Test, Mitchell Starc said, “I’d like to be a little further down the road. Still a good chance so it’ll come down to how it reacts by the end of (Wednesday), how the medical staff see it, how the selectors and Pat (Cummins) and Ronnie (coach Andrew McDonald) feel about it as well.”
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He further added, “I’ll do everything I can to be fully available for selection, then it’s a discussion for the rest of the group involved. I don’t think (batting will be an issue) so it’s going to be uncomfortable but I don’t think it’s an issue.”