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Josh Hazlewood ruled out for Boxing Day Test against South Africa

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Ace Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the upcoming Boxing Day Test against South Africa that is scheduled to start on 26th December. Boxing Day test is of utmost importance in Australian cricket and Hazlewood’s absence can truly cost the mighty team.

Josh Hazlewood suffered a side strain during the recently concluded two-match test series against West Indies. Notably, Australia outplayed the West Indies and seized the vital test series by 2-0. Hazlewood played a defiant role in Australia’s victory in the first test match.

On the other end, incumbent skipper Pat Cummins is set to make his comeback against the Proteas in the Boxing Day Test. Cummins was ruled out in the second and final test against West Indies after sustaining a quad injury. Emerging pacer Lance Morris had replaced Cummins.

Chief Selector of Cricket Australia George Bailey addressed the media and confirmed that Pat Cummins is doing well in the nets to get back on the field whereas Josh Hazlewood will need time to recover. He further stated that considering the prevalent situation, the committee has decided to retain Michael Neser and Lance Morris for the first test against South Africa.

Scott Boland or Michael Neser to likely get a place in Playing XI

Josh Hazlewood’s absence will mean that we can witness a blizzard battle between Scott Boland and Michael Neser to reserve a spot in the XI. Michael Neser and Scott Boland had been given the opportunity in the last test against West Indies where both the veterans had performed amazingly.

For team management, it will be a tedious task to choose between the two highly versatile players. Lance Morris will continue to be nurtured and developed amongst the senior players. Australia and South Africa will play three test matches which will also constitute an important element of the World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.

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Pratik Pathak
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