After Kane Richardson, its now turn of another Australian seamer to opt out of season 8 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2015).
According to media reports, Australia and Mumbai Indians seamer Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of the current season of IPL to keep himself fit and fresh for the West Indies tour and Ashes defence later this season.
Australia begin their West Indies tour with a tour game in Antigua, starting May 27, three days after the IPL final. The two test match series in West Indies will be followed by the Ashes, beginning with the first Test in Cardiff on July 8.
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Hazlewood, who claimed figures of 5 for 68 on Test debut against India in Brisbane, had been a vital cog for Australia this summer. He finished the Test series with 12 wickets in three matches at an average of 29.33 and backed it up with some impressive performances in the World Cup, most notably his 4 for 35 against Pakistan in the quarter-final in Adelaide, after replacing Pat Cummins.
There is noting to worry for Mumbai Indians who have well-stocked pace bowling options in Lasith Malinga, Corey Anderson, Marchant de Lange, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Abhimanyu Mithun and Vinay Kumar.