Australian pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood was ruled out on Sunday of this week’s World Test Championship final against India with Michael Neser added to their squad, reports AFP. Hazlewood has not played any red-ball cricket since injuring his Achilles in the Sydney Test against South Africa in January and only recently made his comeback in the Indian Premier League. Neser has been in scintillating form playing county cricket for Glamorgan, although Scott Boland is favoured to replace Hazlewood and lead the attack alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon. “Josh was very, very close to being given the green light but we are cognisant that our upcoming schedule means this is not a one-off Test match of us,” chair of selectors George Bailey said in a statement. “Michael’s county form has been strong and knowing that he was going to be close by allowed for him to keep playing and for us to be able to call on him. He is a great strength to have as part of the fast bowling group,” he added. The World Test Championship final gets underway at The Oval from Wednesday with the first Test of the
Ashes starting at Edgbaston on June 16.