Qantas Tour of England - ODIs

Hazlewood out of UK tour, Neser in

Australia's 50-over touring party depleted further with key quick to miss through injury

Louis Cameron

28 May 2018, 07:21 PM

Australia's limited-overs squad to face England has been further depleted with Josh Hazlewood, the most experienced fast bowler in the one-day squad, ruled out of the upcoming series.

Queensland quick Michael Neser has been named as his replacement, with Australia taking a conservative approach to Hazlewood, who is managing back soreness.

"Josh has been managing some low level bone stress in his lumbar spine for a short period," said Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley.

"He had a repeat scan today and although it has not progressed to a fracture he is starting to experience some lower back pain.

"As such, we are taking a conservative approach and he will not travel to England for the one-day series."

Michael Neser's epic JLT Cup ton

The uncapped Neser was a key plank in Queensland's JLT Sheffield Shield title last summer and has earned a reputation as a skilful swing bowler on the domestic scene.

The right-armer has 41 List A wickets at 36.60 and was the Bulls' leading wicket-taker in last summer's JLT One-Day Cup, though he made his biggest impression in that tournament with the bat when he struck a brutal 81-ball 122 against Western Australia.

Neser will link up with the squad, who were set to fly out on Monday evening, in the UK on Tuesday.

Novermber: Neser takes six to sink Tigers

Hazlewood's absence means Australia will be without all three of their Ashes-winning fast-bowling attack for the five-match series against the world's No.1-ranked ODI side, with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins also missing the tour.

Also absent from the squad are batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who are currently serving bans for their respective roles in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, along with injured allrounder Mitch Marsh.

Hazlewood shouldered a heavy workload across the summer, playing in all five Ashes Tests and the four ensuing ones against South Africa as well as three of the five Gillette ODIs against England in January.

The towering right-armer has an impeccable international 50-over record, with 69 wickets at 24 from 41 games (economy rate of 4.72) and shapes as a key piece of Australia's side for next year's World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom.

Of the four specialist quicks originally picked in the one-day squad, only Kane Richardson (15 games) has played more than five ODIs. Andrew Tye (four ODIs) Jhye Richardson (one) and Billy Stanlake (two) are the other fast bowlers in the touring party.

Qantas tours of England and Zimbabwe

ODI squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye

T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth

Qantas Tour of England

June 7: Warm-up v Sussex, Hove (D/N)

June 9: Warm-up v Middlesex, Lord's

June 13: First ODI, The Oval (D/N)

June 16: Second ODI, Cardiff

June 19: Third ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)

June 21: Fourth ODI, Durham (D/N)

June 24: Fifth ODI, Old Trafford

June 27: Only T20, Edgbaston (D/N)

Qantas T20I tri-series Tour of Zimbabwe

Sunday, July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Monday, July 2: Pakistan vs Australia

Tuesday, July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Wednesday, July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Thursday, July 5: Pakistan vs Australia

Friday, July 6: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Sunday, July 8: Final