Australia has suffered a major setback before the final match of the World Test Championship (WTC). The fast bowlers of the Kangaroo team are out of this mega match.
The final match of the Test Championship 2021-23 between India and Australia will be played from June 7. Before this match to be held in England's Oval, the Kangaroo team has suffered a setback. Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of this match due to injury. Michael Neser has been included in his place. Josh Hazlewood is Australia's leading fast bowler and it was because of his brilliant bowling that Australia bundled out the Indian team for 36 runs in 2020. Hazlewood took five wickets in this innings. Now after Hazlewood is out of the team, Scott Boland may get a chance to play in the final match against India.
Hazlewood has been battling injury for a long time. Even in IPL 2023, he was able to bowl only nine overs for RCB. He returned to his country before the end of the tournament due to injury. He was expected to be fit before the final match of the Test Championship. For this reason, he was included in the Indian team, but he has not been able to fit in time. Australia has to play the Ashes series in England after the final of the Test Championship. For this reason, the Australian team management is not taking any risk regarding Hazlewood's injury.
Michael Neser has been included in his place, Michael Neser, who was included in the Australian team in place of Hazlewood, is in excellent form. Neser has recently been in fine form for Glamorgan in the English Country Championships. The 33-year-old all-rounder took 19 wickets in five matches and also managed to score a century in his last Division Two match against Sussex.
The right-handed batsman has played only two Tests during his career but could make it into the playing 11 and join fellow captain Pat Cummins and fellow fast bowler Mitchell Starc for the World Test Championship final. However, there is a high possibility of Scott Boland playing as the third fast bowler in the Australian team. The 34-year-old Boland has played seven Tests for his country and has taken 28 wickets at an average of 13.42.
Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Starc, David Warner.