Australia and New Zealand are currently busy in the first Test of the three-match Test series in Australia, which is also a day/night Test. While Lockie Ferguson has made the Test debut in this game, he has hard luck as he suffered a right calf strain on the opening day of this match. Later, the team confirmed that Ferguson would be unavailable to bowl again in the remainder of this match. The right-arm pacer bowled 11 overs in the first innings (11-0-47-0).
On the other hand, on the second day of this Test match, Australian right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood suffered a hamstring injury on his left foot. After bowling only eight balls (1.2-1-0-1) during New Zealand’s first innings of this match, Hazlewood felt uncomfortable in his left foot and returned to the dressing room. However, on his fifth ball of the match, he bowled the Kiwi opener Jeet Raval (1).
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Josh Hazlewood will not bowl for the remainder of this Test
After the MRI scan, the Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that Josh Hazlewood will not be available to bowl again in this Test match. However, he can bat in this Test match if required.
A CA spokeman said according to ESPNcricinfo, “Overnight MRI [scans] confirmed a left hamstring strain. He will not bowl for the remainder of this Test, may bat if required. Recovery to be monitored in coming weeks.”
The Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood is now even doubtful for the Boxing Day Test match. It will be the next Test match of this series which will be hosted by Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (26-30 December 2019).
Talking about the ongoing pink-ball Test, Marnus Labuschagne’s impressive 143 runs knock helped Australia to manage the first innings total of 416 runs before losing their all wickets. At the stumps on day 2 of this Test match, the visiting side New Zealand were battling on 109/5 while the left-arm Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc bagged four wickets.