IPL 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore sweat on Josh Hazlewood availability, Aussie pacer to consult CA medical team before IPL nod due to WTC Final, Follow LIVE Updates

IPL 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is set to miss the initial stages of the IPL 2023. Hazlewood, who…

IPL 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is set to miss the initial stages of the IPL 2023. Hazlewood, who was scheduled to play for RCB will remain in Sydney after missing Australia’s four-match Test series in India due to an injury. Cricket Australia’s medical staff will assess Hazlewood’s fitness as they have to play World Test Championship Final just after the IPL. Only after the nod from CA’s medical team, he will join the RCB’s campaign for IPL season 16. However, according to the report, his injury is not considered severe, and he is expected to recover soon. Follow Indian Premier League 2023 Live Updates with Insidesport.IN

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IPL 2023: Josh Hazlewood Injury

According to cricket.com.au, Hazlewood was sent back from the Test tour of India due to Achilles tendonitis that had troubled him for two months. Then he also skipped the ODI series against India. Hazlewood’s fitness will be closely watched as Australia’s World Test Championship final is scheduled to begin directly after the IPL, which concludes on May 28.

RCB acquired the services of Josh Hazlewood at the 2022 mega auction for INR 7.75 crore. The team management will be disappointed to miss the services of Hazlewood at the start of the IPL. Hazlewood’s ability to bowl with pace and swing can make a significant impact on any team. He has a wealth of experience in all formats of the game and can be a valuable addition to the RCB team.

However, the good news for RCB is that Hazlewood is still hopeful of turning out for the team later in the tournament. Hazlewood’s presence will provide a significant boost to the RCB bowling attack. The RCB team management and fans will be eagerly awaiting his return. And if he can recover in time, he can make a significant impact in the later stages of the tournament. 

Josh Hazlewood’s IPL Career

  • Josh Hazlewood has played 24 matches in IPL.
  • He has scalped 32 wickets.
  • His best bowling figure is 4/25.
  • Hazlewood played 12 matches last season.
  • He scalped 20 wickets in IPL 2023.
  • He finished as the side’s second-highest wicket-taker.

Royal Challengers have suffered a spate of injuries even before the season has begun. Earlier, England batter Will Jacks has been ruled out of the season. New Zealand allrounder Michael Bracewell was named his replacement. Rajat Patidar, who was the team’s breakout star last season, is set to miss at least the first half of the season with a heel injury.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers open their campaign against Mumbai Indians on April 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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