Key pacemen rested as Australia all but finalises its Ashes attack

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    Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood will go into the Ashes series with just one Sheffield Shield game under his belt since injury after being rested from next week’s round.

    Hazlewood will train alongside fellow rested pacemen Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird in Brisbane while the shield round is being played ahead of the first Test at the Gabba starting on November 23.

    It means he will have had very little match practice, having only made his representative return from a side strain suffered on the Bangladesh tour during NSW’s clash with WA this week, when he impressed while taking 3-24 and 3-49.

    Hazlewood had been expected to play in NSW’s Shield game against Queensland in Brisbane starting on Monday because the missed the opening shield round.

    However, Cricket Australia said the decision to withdraw him was taken in consultation with the player, coaching staff, selectors and team performance staff following a review of all the bowlers after the last round of shield which ended on Tuesday.

    The inclusion of Bird in the pace quartet to train at the National Cricket Centre next week indicates he’s likely to be 12th man for the Gabba Test and seen as first cab off the rank if any of the three frontliners – Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins – should break down during the series.

    © AAP 2018

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    • November 9th 2017 @ 10:45pm
      John Erichsen said | November 9th 2017 @ 10:45pm | ! Report

      Damn that Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft! Making Hazlewood bowl more overs than Pat Howard was comfortable with.

      • Roar Guru

        November 10th 2017 @ 8:47am
        Chris Kettlewell said | November 10th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

        I don’t know that it was that. The ideal would have been to play the first two matches then have the break leading into the first test. But he missed the first, so they thought he’d still probably play 2 matches to build up some good rhythm. It was most likely the fact that he was bowling so well with good rhythm and they didn’t feel he needed another match to build into the first test moreso than anything about workload.

    • November 10th 2017 @ 8:51am
      Jameswm said | November 10th 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      Yep – he came back and bowled well. No need for further match practice. Put him in cotton wool.

      • Roar Guru

        November 10th 2017 @ 10:11am
        Rellum said | November 10th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        I see you fully understand the point of the Shield now. I am not saying you didn’t before btw, but we all know they are just practice matches now.

    • November 10th 2017 @ 9:14am
      Curious George said | November 10th 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      When is the Ashes squad announced???

      I heard next Friday (17th) is the public announcement! Surely this cannot be right! No time to prepare

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