After featuring in six successive Tests, and bowling over 250 overs during the period, Josh Hazlewood has been duly rested for the first One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan, to be played on January 13 in Adelaide. Lehmann confirmed that Hazlewood’s rest was not pertaining to any injury fears, but to give the fast bowler, who has turned 26 on Sunday, a week’s break to come back refreshed.
“Josh has got through a heavy workload during the home summer so far and in the past two months he has sent down almost 300 overs across two Test series against South Africa and Pakistan, as well as three ODIs against New Zealand,” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said.
Hazlewood has walked shoulder-to-shoulder with the leader of the attack, Starc, and has even managed a better wicket haul (32 to 28) during this period of non-stop cricket. In all likelihood, the spot left vacant by Hazlewood could be filled by Billy Stanlake, giving him the opportunity to make his ODI debut in front of home crowd at the Gabba.
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