Josh Hazlewood’s Last-Minute Setback Shakes Up Australian Squad for WTC Final

WTC Final: Josh Hazlewood Ruled out

Josh Hazlewood, the star pacer of the Australian cricket team, has been dealt a blow as he has been ruled out of the highly anticipated WTC final 2023. The news comes as a surprise, considering that Hazlewood had earlier been declared fit to participate in the crucial clash against India from June 7th to 11th. Cricket Australia has confirmed that Michael Neser will replace Hazlewood in the 15-man squad.

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Michael Nesser Replaces Josh Hazlewood in WTC Final 2023

The addition of Michael Neser to Australia’s squad for the WTC final provides a much-needed boost to their bowling attack. However, it appears that Scott Boland is the frontrunner to secure a place in the final lineup. Boland’s impressive performances make him a strong contender to partner with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in the crucial match at The Oval.

Josh Hazlewood showcased his skills in Formby and Beckenham, bowling at full tilt. Unfortunately, he continues to struggle with a left Achilles issue and a side injury that flared up during the Indian Premier League.

Chair of Selectors George Bailey expressed the team’s confidence in Michael Neser’s inclusion. Neser’s strong form in county cricket played a significant role in his selection. Having him in the squad provides the team with a valuable asset in the fast bowling department.

Bailey emphasized the importance of considering the team’s upcoming schedule. While the WTC final is significant, Australia’s subsequent six-Test tour of the UK, including the prestigious Ashes series, demands careful management of their fast bowlers. The selectors believe that this decision will give Hazlewood an ideal preparation leading into the Edgbaston Test.

Coach Andrew McDonald acknowledged the team’s eagerness to clinch their maiden WTC title. However, he highlighted the tight turnaround to the Ashes series and the need to manage their fast bowlers effectively. The quick transition between series requires careful planning and consideration of the workload on the players. McDonald assured reporters that the team is accustomed to such situations and will make necessary adjustments.