With Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood gearing up for a dubious start to the third Ashes Test starting December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Cricket Australia (CA) selection panel is looking to give him some more time to recover from the side strain. Back in the new year for the 4th Test at the SCG.
Hazlewood faced tension during the opening Test at The Gabba, which Australia won by nine wickets. He missed the Adelaide Oval Test and did not bowl on Friday, instead looking to compatriot pacers Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser to bowl to the top-order batsmen in the nets.
Australian all-rounder Cameron Green, 22, said on Friday: “He is doing really well. He was doing his run-through today and he looks really good. I haven’t talked to people for this game. . . but definitely take him off to Sydney.”
Green, who took two wickets in the Adelaide Test, indicated that Hazlewood was preparing for the fourth Test at the SCG.
The likely home team’s fast bowling line-up could be Pat Cummins, who will return as captain after missing the second Test due to the Covid-enforced isolation, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc and Green.
Michael Neser, who made his Test debut in Adelaide and took a wicket in each innings, is likely to make way for the returning Cummins.
Richardson, who was playing his first Test in almost three, broke England’s resistance on the fifth day in Adelaide to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
While Victorian pacer Scott Boland has been included in the Australian team as the 16th man, he is unlikely to feature in the playing XI.
Green said of his West Australian teammate Richardson, “I spoke to him today and he is good to go. He was very excited with the way he went into the second innings and he was ready to go again. ” Ready.”
Green also expressed concern about his fitness.
Green said, “I was completely fine and ready to go. We were in really good shape. Nathan Lyon was bowling well from one end and then we had three world-class fast bowlers to choose from, Which was not really needed.
“He thought we could get through the game without bowling to me (in the second innings) and keep me fresh for this game a little bit more. The boys bowled well and the credit goes to them.”