Elbow Injury Rules Mitchell Johnson Out Of ODI Squad
An elbow injury has ruled Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson out of the upcoming One-Day International leg of Australia's tour of England and Ireland.
Cricket Australia (CA) have opted to replace the left-arm quick with 19-year-old New South Wales fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, a member of Australia's victorious Under-19 World Cup squad earlier this year.
"Mitchell had an infected right elbow during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, which had resolved towards the end of the tournament. Since returning to Australia he has had a flare–up of the condition and is currently being treated for it," CA physio Alex Kountouris said.
"As part of the treatment he requires specialist medical management over the coming weeks and as such he’s been ruled out of the six ODI’s against Ireland and England. It is hoped that he will make a full recovery in time to join the tour and take part in the Twenty20 internationals and the Test series against Pakistan in England, which begin on 5 July.”
National Selection Panel (NSP) chairman Andrew Hilditch added:
"The ruling out of Mitchell Johnson from the one-day series is obviously disappointing for Mitchell and the team but it has created an opportunity for the promising young fast bowler Josh Hazlewood to join the Australian squad for the one-day series.
"It is indeed a very exciting time for Australian cricket as we continue to take opportunities to expose our talented cricketers to international cricket .
"Josh Hazlewood has been identified as one of a crop of young fast bowlers who the NSP consider can impact for Australia at international level. Josh was recently part of the victorious Australia Under-19 ICC World Cup squad, has shown great promise in domestic cricket and is currently part of the AIS Scholarship Program at the Cricket Australia Centre Of Excellence in Brisbane.
"The NSP consider he will be well suited to English conditions and this provides a great opportunity for him to be part of the Australian set up on a tour of Ireland and England. We are sure if he gets an opportunity he will perform very well."
Australia play Ireland on 17th June before the first of five ODIs against England at The Rose Bowl takes place on 22nd June.
Hazlewood has been replaced in Australia's 'A' squad to play Sri Lanka 'A' by Victorian pace bowler James Pattinson, the brother of England-capped fast bowler Darren.
Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has already been ruled out of the tour, also suffering from an elbow injury and Tim Paine has been named as his replacement.
© Cricket World 2010