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Ashes 2017/18: Australia Name Pace Attack Ahead of Gabba Test 

Ashes 2017/18: Australia Name Pace Attack Ahead of Gabba Test
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The Australian Cricket team has disclosed their full pace battery efficiently for the first Magellan Ashes Test by withdrawing Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird from the third round of the JLT Sheffield Shield game.

Both the pacer will complete the pace attack along with left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

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(Photo by Ryan Pierse – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Josh Hazlewood got the rewards for having a magnificent game against Western Australia (WA) in the Sheffield Shield game, as it was decided to keep him along with the other fast-bowlers at the National Cricket Centre (NCC).

He will not feature in New South Wales (NSW) next game against Queensland next week at Allan Border field. Hazlewood claimed three wickets in each of the innings which included the wicket of Hilton Cartwright in the first innings for a duck, WA skipper Mitchell Marsh in both the innings and Shaun Marsh twice.

While Hazlewood rattled WA’s top-order, Mitchell Starc ran through tailenders, as he entered the record books picking two hat-tricks in two innings.

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After the WA match, Hazlewood was left out from the NSW squad after discussing with the coaches, medical staff, and selectors. The right-arm fast-bowler will now train at NCC at the watchful eyes of Australian bowling Coach David Skier. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who also featured in NSW’s first two games before missing the third match to prepare for the Ashes series later this month.

A Cricket Australia (CA) spokesperson while talking to media said,

“The decision on Hazlewood not playing in the third round of the Shield was made in consultation with the player, coaching staff, selectors and team performance staff, following a review of all the bowlers after the last round of the Shield.”

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Bird included in the line-up after having a good time with Tasmania despite their loss in the first two matches against WA and Queenslanders.

Bird last played the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan last season at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and was included in the squad for the Indian and Bangladesh tour though he didn’t get any playing time.

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