Australia’s Glenn McGrath declared fit for the World Test Championship Final against India

Australia’s fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is expected to make a full recovery from his recent injury scare in time for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India and the Ashes series in 2023. Cricket Australia has expressed confidence in Hazlewood’s fitness, as he is set to join skipper Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in Australia’s formidable pace trio.

Hazlewood had to cut short his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign due to minor side soreness, which he reported after his last match for Royal Challengers Bangalore two weeks ago. Following his return to Australia, scans showed no significant damage, bringing great relief to the veteran fast bowler. He has already resumed bowling and is gradually increasing his workload as the Australian squad prepares for their upcoming matches.

Despite missing out on a significant portion of the IPL, Hazlewood’s impact was limited to just three matches and nine overs. He played his final match for Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 9 before returning home due to the side soreness. His absence raised concerns about his readiness for the demanding Test schedule that lies ahead, including the WTC final against India and the Ashes series against England, consisting of five Tests in June and July.

Cricket Australia has named Hazlewood in the squad for the WTC final and the first two Ashes Tests. They believe his injury setback is only minor and that he will be available to contribute to the team’s success. Hazlewood’s return to cricket during the IPL was delayed, and he had yet to play a Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India due to his lengthy absence from the game.

Hazlewood is often compared to Glenn McGrath due to his bowling style.

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