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Australia replace Mitchell Johnson with Josh Hazlewood

Mitchell Johnson
Johnson made his Test debut in November 2007 against Sri Lanka

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of Australia's forthcoming one-day matches in England and Ireland because of an infected elbow.

Uncapped Josh Hazlewood, 19, will replace Johnson, 28, who is expected to rejoin his team-mates for the two Tests against Pakistan in England in July.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was drafted into the squad after Brad Haddin was forced to withdraw because an elbow problem.

The tourists' opening match is against Ireland in Dublin on 17 June.

After that comes a five-match one-day series with England and two Twenty20s against Pakistan.

Johnson will not join his team-mates as he undergoes treatment on an infection that first troubled him during last month's ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

"Since returning to Australia he has had a flare-up of the condition and is currently being treated for it," said Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

"As part of the treatment he requires specialist medical management over the coming weeks."


Hazlewood enjoyed a breakthrough season in domestic cricket with New South Wales in the Australian summer and was the second-leading wicket-taker at the under-19s World Cup in January.

"Josh Hazlewood has been identified as one of a crop of young fast bowlers who the selectors consider can impact for Australia at international level," said chairman of the national selectors panel Andrew Hilditch.

"The NSP thinks he will be well suited to English conditions and this provides a great opportunity for him to be part of the Australian set up on a tour of Ireland and England. We are sure if he gets an opportunity he will perform very well."

Wicketkeeper Paine has 17 one-day international caps, having made his debut against Scotland in Edinburgh last August.

He is also a stylish batsman, who hit 111 opening the batting against England at Trent Bridge the following month.

However, Australia hope Haddin will be able to return to the squad in time for two Twenty20 internationals and two Tests against Pakistan, which follow in July.

Josh Hazlewood
Hazlewood shone at the under-19s World Cup in January

Those matches will also be played in England because teams are not currently touring Pakistan because of security concerns.

"I'm hopeful I can be ready for Pakistan, but if I'm not, I'll have eight weeks to get the strength back in time for the Australian summer," said Haddin. "It's a very exciting time in cricket with the Ashes and then the World Cup, and I intend to be a part of it."

Kountouris said Haddin's injury was similar to tennis elbow and affected his batting during the recent ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

"As with most tendon injuries, time is required to allow the pain to settle and gradually increase the tendon load," he explained.

Australia one-day squad to play Ireland and England: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Doug Bollinger, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, James Hopes, Mike Hussey, Josh Hazlewood, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Tim Paine, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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