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Cricket news - Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests due to back injury

"Josh [Hazlewood] has reported some back soreness over the last few days and scans have revealed a very early stage stress fracture in the same lower back" - Beakley

Josh Hazlewood, the Australian fast bowler, was ruled out of the forthcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka due to a back injury. Jhye Richardson, of the Western Australian pacer, has been called up as his replacement.

David Beakley, the Australian physiotherapist, however, sound confident, Hazlewood, the availability for the world Cup held in England later this year.

Hazlewood, who was rested for the just concluded three-match ODI series against India, had previously suffered a stress fracture of the back in may of last year. He, too, had suffered a back injury in September 2010, and later to the Test series missed in India. The 28-year-old has picked 164 wickets at an average of just over 27 Tests.

Richardson, meanwhile, impressed in the ODI rubber against India, with six head skin. The 22-year-old who received his first-class debut against Queensland in March 2016, his first call-up to the Test squad for the series against South Africa in the past year. But he did not play in any of the Tests.

The promising fast bowler was in excellent form, while the current first-class season, taking 27 wickets at 19.03. In the course of the season, also his career-best first-class-figures of 8 for 47 versus New South Wales in Perth.

"Josh [Hazlewood] has reported some back pain in the last few days, and scans have shown, very early in the fatigue fracture in the same lower back area as his previous injury from last summer.

"He is now with a rehab program, and we are confident that he will be available for selection ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK later this year," said Beakley.

"Jhye Richardson had to deny an impressive first half in his Sheffield shield season and no one could, he has now continued that form in the ODI matches for Australia. We consider Jhye is an ideal replacement in the squad for Josh," Trevor Hohns, the chief selector, noted.

Australia will take on Sri Lanka in the first Test at the Gabba, starting on January 24. Canberra will host the second test, starting on 1. February.

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