Ashes 2021-22: Josh Hazlewood gets ruled out of the 2nd Test due to a side strain

The high-profile Ashes series is officially underway between Australia and England, with the hosts leading 1-0 after displaying class in the first match. However, the hosts are in difficulty heading into the Adelaide game, as bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the second Ashes match due to a side injury.

It should be recalled that Hazlewood was injured when playing the first game at the Gabba when his side thrashed the visitors by nine wickets. According to rumors, he was spotted in casual clothing on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney without any of his colleagues. According to Foxsports.com.au, Jhye Richardson has been picked as his substitute because he has been ruled out of the second Ashes. Richardson is expected to play his third Test match, which will be his first since his maiden series against Sri Lanka in 2019.

There were concerns about Hazlewood’s fitness after he returned to the pavilion after just delivering eight overs on the fourth day of the match. After a time, England’s skipper Pat Cummins mentioned that the Australian fast bowler had pulled up sore during the second innings. “He was a little sore yesterday, so we just tried to get him through,” Cummins said after the fourth day’s racing.

Following the conclusion of the Ashes opening, Pat Cummins discussed Josh Hazlewood’s injury. “We didn’t want to attempt to break him yesterday because it’s a five-Test match series. We’ll keep controlling him because he came up OK today. I believe we should wait till he wakes up in the morning,” says the narrator. I believe one of the keys is that we don’t want to jeopardize him for the entire series, so we’ll take our time. We’ll sort of work through it since he had a scan last night. After winning the Ashes opener, Cummins stated, “He bowled today but no plan yet, sleep on it, see how he pulls up tomorrow.”