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Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests, Jhye Richardson named replacement
Sri Lanka tour of Australia

Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests, Jhye Richardson named replacement

Australia suffered a massive blow on Saturday as their star fast bowler Josh Hazlewood ruled out of the two upcoming Tests against Sri Lanka with a back injury, and Jhye Richardson replacing him.

The vice-captain has hurt the same part of his back that sidelined him last year.

But Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said he was confident Hazlewood would recover in time for the World Cup in England and Wales.

"Josh has reported some back soreness over the last few days and scans have revealed a very early stage stress fracture in the same lower back area as his previous injury from last summer," he said on the Cricket Australia website.

"He will now begin a rehabilitation program and we are confident he will be available for selection ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK later this year."

Richardson, who showed a lot of potential in the one-day series against India, joins Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle as the pace attack in the squad to face Sri Lanka.

The first Test, which will be a day-night contest, starts next Thursday in Brisbane, with the second in Canberra.

Revised Australia squad

Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Tim Paine (capt), Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle