Injured Josh Hazlewood confident of making Australia return at World CupHazlwood has been ruled out of the upcoming limited overs tour of India and the ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates that follows.advertisement Reuters MelbourneFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 10:17 IST Josh Hazlewood had played a key role during Australia’s World Cup winning campaign in 2015 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJosh Hazlewood will not be part of Australia squad for their limited-overs tour to IndiaJosh Hazlewood suffered a stress fracture and is hoping to recover in time for the World CupIndia and Australia play a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series from February 24Strike bowler Josh Hazlewood is confident he’ll have plenty of time to recover from a stress fracture in his back before Australia’s defence of the World Cup in England later this year.The paceman, who has taken 72 wickets in 44 one-dayers, has been ruled out of the upcoming limited overs tour of India and the ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates that follows.The 28-year-old quick said he would be having another scan on the damaged back that has kept him sidelined since mid-January in Sydney on Friday and was happy there would be plenty of playing opportunities to get match-fit before June.Hazlewood confident of playing a lot of cricket before World Cup”I think, working back (for) the World Cup mostly,” he told reporters on Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where he helped Australia beat New Zealand in the 2015 final.”That’ll give me plenty of time to get fit for the World Cup and the Ashes.”There’s quite a long build-up … there’s still quite a lot of cricket I can get to before the World Cup actually starts.”It’s already been six weeks and, as I say, we’ll know more tomorrow, but everything’s feeling pretty good. We’ll probably start walk-through bowling in the next couple of weeks if all goes well.”Australia open their title defence in England with a group match against Afghanistan at Bristol’s County Ground on June 1.Also read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaAlso Read | India and England will start ICC World Cup as favourites: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli would have smashed me out of the park too: Shane WarneadvertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Josh HazlewoodFollow Australia cricket teamFollow 2019 World CupFollow India vs Australia
LAST NIGHT WE waved goodbye to the Belgians and gave every last one of that Costa Rican squad a big tearful hug.We’re down to four World Cup teams and (sniff) just four games remain at the greatest show on earth. Source: Martin MeissnerThe Netherlands needed 120 minutes plus penalties before they could finally wriggle clear of Costa Rica and into the semi-finals.The Oranje threw everything at the South Americans during a dramatic two hours, but Keylor Navas continued his marvellous form in this World Cup to, somehow, keep Holland at bay. Source: Frank AugsteinMarc Wilmots talked an aggressive game pre-match, and his players were emotional after the final whistle. But during the contest they looked like a side lacking belief that they actually had what it took to knock out the two-time World Champions.Joga BonitoThe weight on this pass almost made the entire football world faint yesterday afternoon.https://vine.co/v/MUQQmUiIFJuWhat we’ve got to look forward to todayNada. You might as well go hibernate until semi-final Tuesday.Twitter was loving Brian Kerr’s commentary for Argentina-BelgiumKrul exit for Costa Rica as Netherlands hold their nerve to reach World Cup semi-final Source: Matt DunhamNavas was denied his moment in the limelight, however, as Tim Krul made it easy for all od us to write headlines. The Newcastle ‘keeper came off the bench late in extra-time and was unleashed to save two penalties from a Costa Rican side who were beginning to look indestructible.The earlier game saw Argentina claim the first berth in the second semi-final. Gonzalo Higuain’s glorious snapshot volley allowing them follow the script of Friday’s quarter-final, holding Belgium at arm’s length to push their behind-enemy-lines operation into an even stronger position.WinnerNot for the first time, we’re giving the gong to Louis Van Gaal today. Had Holland failed to get past Costa Rica there would have been serious criticism of the coach, but he sent out a team that created a host of chances. Source: Natacha PisarenkoAnd, when the chips really went down, he showed he had had the foresight to pre-plan a penalty shoot-out strategy and was brave enough to follow through on it by sending Tim Krul onto the field seconds before the final whistle in extra-time.LoserOn paper there’s no great shame in losing to Argentina, but Belgium will board their flight home wondering how they allowed a flawed (admittedly with one untouchable talent) side shorn of a potent counter-attacking weapon off the hook so lightly.