Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood is likely to make a comeback to the field for his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for their match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Monday.
Earlier, Hazelwood had suffered an Achilles injury during a Test match in Sydney in January and has since not featured in any format of the game. He was initially selected for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India however, had to head back home midway through the series to continue his rehabilitation from an Achilles complaint.
As per reports, Cricket Australia medical staff have monitored Hazlewood’s recovery since he linked up with RCB earlier this month and pending a successful final training run before the match in Lucknow, he is expected to be cleared to play, cricket.com.au reported.
“He’s reasonably experienced, and he’s very professional so he knows exactly what and where he’ll need to be to be at his best for the Ashes. We’re in constant communication, as we are with all of the players around that, so he’ll be building and in some ways that smaller workload – through four-over bursts in the IPL – might be a nice build for him,” said Bailey.
With his return to IPL, Hazlewood will begin his attempt to demonstrate his physical readiness for Australia’s upcoming six-Test tour of England, which includes the World Test Championship Final and the Ashes.
Hazlewood, 32, was one of only four specialist pacemen named in the Australia squad for the first half of their campaign in England.