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ICC World Cup 2019: Justin Langer States The Reason For Hazlewood’s Exclusion

Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood recently expressed his emotions on being ignored twice from the Australian 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup. He was first not considered for selection in their preliminary squad as he was recovering from an injury and was then also ignored when they needed to replace the injured Jhye Richardson. In the Western Australian fast bowler’s replacement, Kane Richardson was chosen ahead of Hazlewood in the final World Cup squad.

It is being speculated that Cricket Australia (CA) are keen on preserving Hazlewood for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia. However, the Aussie head coach Justin Langer has now opened up on revealing the reason for Hazlewood’s exclusion from the World Cup team.

“He just hasn’t been playing any cricket,” quoted Justin Langer during a recent interview.

He’s just starting to get up

Langer mentioned that Hazlewood has just come off a second stress fracture and is just starting to regain his fitness. He noted that the fast bowler picked up the injury probably on a wrong timing. The senior Aussie pacer has just featured in six limited-overs matches in the past 18 months.

“He’s come off a second stress fracture in his back and while he’s just starting to get up and running in the nets now – I think he’s played six white-ball games in the last 18 months – that’s T20 and one-day cricket. We know he’s a great bowler. He’s a brilliant bowler, but it was just such bad timing for him,” Langer added.

“He’s a terrific bloke, he’s been vice-captain of the team. He’s a brilliant bowler… his numbers over the last four years have been good. But over the last 18 months, he just hasn’t played enough (one-day) cricket,” the head coach inferred.

Hazlewood is named in the Australia A squad that will be touring England before the Ashes. Langer mentioned that he knows the fact that Hazlewood will be disappointed quite a bit.

“I’m sure he’s disappointed. There are a few guys who are disappointed not to be in the squad. Hopefully, through the Australia A series, he can start playing cricket again and then when he does that, we can’t wait to welcome him back,” Langer concluded.