Australia have suffered a big blow ahead of the World Test Championship Final, set to be played against India from June 7. The team announced on Sunday, 4 June that pacer Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the summit clash due to a persistent Achilles Heel injury. Australia chief selector George Bailey announced the development on Sunday, stating that the pacer was very close to play, but the decision had been made considering the Ashes series.

“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.

Australia pacer Michael Neser was named as a replacement in the 15-member squad, but it is unlikely that he would be given a nod ahead of Scott Boland.

“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," Bailey further added.
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