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Josh Hazlewood ruled out of Bangladesh and India tour

Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood

The Australian team didn’t have a pretty good time on the first 2 days of the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur and to make the matters worse, the premier fast bowler Josh Hazlewood got injured on day 3. He was seen walking out of the ground earlier in the day due to a side strain.

It was later announced that he would take no further part in the ongoing Test and will not be available for the second Test either. Hazlewood is all set to miss the tour to India next month as well where Australia will feature in ODI and T20I series.

The absence of the pacer will hurt the Australian side as he is a regular feature in both Test and ODI sides. Although he didn’t pick up any wickets against Bangladesh yet his accuracy is valuable at any stage of the match.

While bowling in the morning of the third day, he struggled with a sore side. The incident happened after he bowled the first ball of his second over of the day. He was seen clutching at his side and after having a conversation with the skipper Steve Smith, the pacer walked off the field having bowled just 4.1 overs in the second innings of Bangladesh.

Test match beautifully poised

The first Test in Mirpur is hanging in balance after the end of day 3. Australia require further 156 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand. David Warner is unbeaten at the crease having scored 75 and Smith is also holding the fort with 25 not out. All eyes will be on the duo on day 4 as they battle against the Bangladeshi spinners.

Earlier, Bangladesh had scored 260 runs in the first innings and then they halted the opposition to 217. A further 221 in the second innings gave Australia a target of 265 to win. The day 4 promises to be a cracker as the Asian side has a chance of pulling off perhaps the biggest victory in their Test cricket history.

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