BAN vs AUS 2017, 1st Test: Josh Hazlewood Suffers ‘Sour-Ankle’; Walks off the Field
Bangladesh and Australia are battling it out in the ongoing first Test match at Mirpur. Australia conceded a first innings lead of 43 runs, as they were bundled out cheaply on 217.
Bangladesh is looking for their first ever Test victory over the Australians and is on the right path to achieve it. Bangladesh has recently caused upsets to major cricketing nations, and Australia might be the next victim of their fantastic home run.
It seems like that even luck is favouring the hosts, as Australia’s prime fast-bowler and their go to man, Josh Hazlewood walked out of the field due to injury. The incident occurred when Hazlewood bowled the first delivery of his second over.
An Australian spokesperson reported that Hazlewood suffered a ‘sore side’ and might not return to the field in the first session or maybe later in the day.
Hazlewood has been Australia’s head of the bowling attack in the absence of Mitchell Starc. He has played 22 consecutive Tests without an injury or any rest. The Pacer last missed a Test match in the 2015 Ashes Series.
The lanky seamer was in his fourth over when he pulled up and told Steve Smith that he would like to get the injury assessed. In his absence, the fast bowling load was on Pat Cummins in the first session. Australia picked two spinners and two fast bowlers for the first match. Glenn Maxwell was the all round option.
Hazlewood who was wicket less in the first innings bowled impressive line and lengths but wasn’t lucky enough to pick up a wicket. His spin bowling partner Nathan Lyon said,
“I thought Pat bowled very well, but I thought Josh bowled very well as well,”
If Josh Hazlewood misses the rest of the match and does not get fit for the second Test, Jackson Bird would be his likely replacement. Bird last played the Boxing day Test match against Pakistan in 2016.
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