According to the report, Australia’s new young pacer Josh Hazlewood will play just first two ODI matches out of upcoming five-match ODI series against India.
Australian selector Trevor Hohns said to Daily Telegraph, “There’s no doubt we want to give Josh a rest. He’s very important to us, as we all know. We will certainly manage him, as per what the medicos’ advice is.”
He added further, “But… with the first couple of games in Brisbane and Perth, we thought it was essential to have him in the squad initially because he normally bowls very well at both of those cities.”
Australia’s home series against India will start from 12th January. Australia will play five-match ODI series and three-match T20I series.
In the absence of Australia’s premier pacer Mitchell Starc due to the knee injury, it was expected that Hazlewood would take the leadership role in the ODI series. But at present, Australian selectors want to give some rest to him.
The talented right-arm pacer already played 13 ODIs for Australia where he picked up 19 wickets.
CA (Cricket Australia) is planning to watch out some new bowlers during this series as some senior bowlers can also take important rest before the 2016 ICC World T20. The T20 WC is scheduled to be held from 8th March to 3rd April in India.