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Australia rest Josh Hazlewood for first ODI against Pakistan

Josh Hazlewood was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan
Josh Hazlewood was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan
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Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has been rested for the first One-Day International against Pakistan in Brisbane to manage his workload.

The 26-year-old, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan bowled 147.2 overs in the three matches - second only to leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who bowled 148.1 overs.

His new ball partner, Mitchell Starc was not far either as he ended up delivering 145.2 overs. The selectors decided against resting both the pacers for the five-match ODI series but instead stated that the duo will be handed periodic rest.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann confirmed the news on Hazlewood and said the decision to rest him was a part of the workload management.

"Josh has got through a heavy workload during the home summer so far and in the past two months he has sent down almost 300 overs across two Test series against South Africa and Pakistan, as well as three ODIs against New Zealand," Lehmann said.

"He’s not injured but we have decided to give him a week to freshen up at home and he will link up with the ODI squad in Melbourne ahead of the second match of the series, although if one of our other fast bowlers picks up an injury in the run-up to Friday’s first game at The Gabba then he could be called up to slot in."

Hazlewood rest also means uncapped Queensland pacer Billy Stanlake might make his debut for Australia with Starc, Pat Cummins and all-rounders James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh being the other pacers in the side which also has Adam Zampa as the lone spinner.

Australia ODI squad:

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

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