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Australian Cricket: Hazlewood returns to T20 squad

Fit-again Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood has been called into the squad that will face Sri Lanka in a five-match T20 series starting next month.

Australia are priced at 10/3 to win the T20 World Cup on home soil at the end of 2022 and preparations for the showpiece are already underway.

Ashes injury issues

Hazlewood suffered a side strain during the first Ashes Test against England and was not seen again as the injury took longer than expected to fix itself.

Australia were also blessed to have Scott Boland, Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson to step in and provide cover so there was no need to rush Hazlewood back as they dominated the series without him.

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Meanwhile Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Moises Henriques and Jhye Richardson have also been called into the squad that will face Sri Lanka.

Notable absentees from the squad are David Warner and Mitch Marsh, while Justin Langer will hand the coaching responsibilities to Andrew McDonald.

IPL still on the agenda

Despite the fact the Indian Premier League will add to an already busy schedule, chairman of selectors George Bailey says players will not be asked to skip the lucrative tournament.

"It's tough for the multi-format guys to work out that balance of where do they get time to physically replenish their energy reserves, particularly for fast bowlers," Bailey said. "To make sure they are fit, strong and able to deal with the workload.

"But that's part and parcel of a modern cricketer's life. It (the IPL) continues to be a tournament that offers a huge amount to players.

"From a learning perspective and I don't think the monetary side of things can be discounted, for a reasonably brief period of work, the pay days are pretty enormous for a certain percentage of them."

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