Australia dealt another blow to their fast bowling stocks with the one game summer test.
Captain Pat Cummins was ruled out of the Adelaide Test due to a quadruple strain, which he suffered against West Indies in Perth.
It is hoped that he will be fit to face South Africa in Brisbane from next Saturday.
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But in a cruel blow for the Australians, it looks like compatriot Josh Hazlewood is also in doubt for the next game.
Hazlewood, 31, was dropped from the line-up just before Thursday’s draw, with Cricket Australia claiming “general pain” was the reason for his omission.
But during the second session in Adelaide, it was revealed Hazlewood had suffered a side strain – the same injury that has sorely ravaged his 2021-22 summer.
“Scans have confirmed that Josh Hazlewood suffered a low level strain on his left side,” Cricket Australia said on Twitter.
“Hazlewood will return home (to Sydney on Friday) to continue his rehabilitation.
“He will be reviewed at the end of the match to determine his future availability.”
The Australians have three Tests against South Africa following their series against the West Indies.
Hazlewood – one of the best fast bowlers in the world – played in the inaugural Ashes Test in Brisbane last year but missed the rest of the summer due to secondary strain.
Michael Neser was brought into the squad to replace Hazlewood on Thursday in Adelaide, while Scott Boland had already been named to replace Cummins.
Australia also dropped Lance Morris from the squad to add depth to the pace.
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