Josh Hazlewood, an Australian pacer, will not play the rest of the first Test against New Zealand at Perth as per confirmation of the Team management because of a hamstring strain he has suffered. Hamstring strain is a kind of common leg injury that usually can range from mild to very severe involving a complete tear of the hamstring muscle.
Talking about the international career of Josh, he bowled 7 overs in the one-day international debut, giving 41 runs he picked up 1 wicket. Against West Indies, he made his T20 debut on 13 February 2013 and in 4 overs he picked up 1-36. In a T20 against England, he picked his career’s best figures 4-30.
Hazlewood pulled up his ninth delivery of the innings while in the middle of bowling and left the field in some agony, not returning for the rest of the day.
Hazlewood in Doubt for Boxing Day
It is uncertain whether or not he will be played against the Kiwis in the entire three-test series. But, in twelve days, he looks certain to skip the Boxing Day Test.
The situation mirrors that of New Zealand, who brought Lockie Ferguson for his Test debut but will not be able to use him for the remainder of the Test as he suffered a calf strain after the first day.
New Zealand has Colin de Grandhomme, an all-rounder, to share the load with the bat, but Australia will have to rely on their two fasts and Nathan Lyon to bowl the bulk of the overs with part-timers support.
On Friday, in response to Australia’s 416 all out, Mitchell Starc ripped through New Zealand’s top order with four wickets to leave the tourists tumbling at 109-5.
New Zealand lost openers Tom Latham (0) and Jeet Raval (1) in the first 10 balls before Starc returned for his second spell and dismissed skipper Kane Williamson (34) to finish a 76-run defensive stand with Ross Taylor (66 not out) for the third wicket.
Starc also dismissed Henry Nicholls (7) and Neil Wagner (0).