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O'Keefe replaces injured Hazlewood for Bangladesh Test

  • Published at 10:27 am August 30th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:33 pm August 30th, 2017
O'Keefe replaces injured Hazlewood for Bangladesh Test
Australia have dropped a selection bombshell by recalling Stephen O'Keefe from the international cricketing wilderness to replace injured fast bowler Josh Hazlewood on their Qantas Tour of Bangladesh, reports cricket.com.au. Hazlewood suffered a side strain on the third morning of the first Test match against Bangladesh, leaving the field seven balls into his first spell of the day. It was later confirmed the New South Wales quick would fly home at the conclusion of the match but he's not in any doubt for the Ashes this summer.

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O'Keefe's recall is a major surprise and paves the way for a potential return to the Test side for the second Test in Chittagong, which gets underway on Monday. Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said the panel was confident of going into the Test with Pat Cummins and back-up quick Jackson Bird as the only specialist seamers in the 14-man squad. "With Bird in the squad we are comfortable with our fast-bowling options for the second Test and have elected to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Chittagong," Hohns said in a statement. South Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson, meanwhile, has been named as Hazlewood's replacement for next month's five-match one-day international series in India.