Hazlewood bowled at full strength in recent training sessions at Formby and Beckenham ahead of the Aussies’ six-Test tour of Britain, but he is still dealing with a left Achilles problem as well as a lateral injury that worsened during the recent Indian Premier League, the statement said.
Michael Neser, playing for Glamorgan in county cricket, has been added as his replacement for one Test.
Hazlewood suffered a side sprain while injured for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recently concluded IPL, in which he played just three games without much success, before flying home.
Hazlewood told ICC a couple of days ago that his fitness is pretty good.
My fitness is pretty good, and now I just have to work every session from now until this date (June 7), he said.
We’ll probably have three to four more sessions – batting against the ball and then a couple of longer days at the net or on the center wicket in London – so it’s just a tick in the last few boxes and good preparation after each session.
That was pretty close (to full pace today). I went down to the bowling alley yesterday to relax and get a little more out of today’s session, so I’m feeling good.
After a long run, you always want to be the first one to break out the cobwebs, stretch out and do some runs to get the blood flowing.
It’s always good to get that first run in, and when we get to London, we’ll be getting into steam.