Another Australian fast bowler has broken down before a ball is even bowled this Ashes series, with NSW quick Josh Hazlewood to miss several weeks with a shin injury.

It's understood Hazlewood was one of eight bowlers in the mix to face England this summer, but now it seems he won't be available for selection until at least the third Test in Perth.

Australia's fast bowling depth will be seriously tested this summer given top line quicks James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins and now Hazlewood are all in the casualty ward.

Hazlewood first experienced the shin soreness in last week's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania, however it had nothing to do with him not playing in the Shield game currently underway against Victoria in Melbourne.

In a bizarre series of events, Hazlewood was pulled out of the clash against Victoria which started on Wednesday at the request of Cricket Australia, but the decision to rest him had nothing to do with the injury that's now been revealed.

CA's decision was part of their program of managing young fast bowlers of interest amid a busy schedule.

But the shin soreness that will now rule him out of Sydney grade cricket this weekend and for the next few weeks of Shield and potentially Test cricket, has only flared up subsequently to CA's announcement.

NSW fast bowling coach Geoff Lawson was vocal in his opposition to CA's decision to intervene and rest Hazlewood in the first place.

The former Test quick was of the opinion Hazlewood hadn't bowled well in the first Shield match against Tasmania and would benefit from more cricket in order to find his rhythm.

Hazlewood was part of the Australian squad for the third Test against South Africa in Perth last year, before being ruled out of contention for a debut after being diagnosed with stress fractures.

Australia's pool of eight fast bowlers features Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus and is believed to also include Clint McKay, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Cutting.

Chadd Sayers and Doug Bollinger would be in contention to replace Hazlewood.

 

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