Australia pick McDermott and Hazlewood for T20I series against Sri Lanka

Josh Hazlewood, who missed most of the Ashes series due to a side injury, has been named in the Australia squad for the five-match T20I series versus Sri Lanka, starting on February 11.

The pace bowler was troubled by the injury in the opening Test of the series against England at the Gabba and bowled just 14 overs in the second innings. The fast bowler didn’t take part in any of the subsequent four Tests. The squad also includes Ben McDermott, recently adjudged Player of the Year at the Big Bash League 2021-22. He has been the top run-getter in the tournament, having compiled 577 runs at a strike rate of 153.86.

McDermott has also played two ODIs and 17 T20Is for the country and was part of the squads that toured Bangladesh and the West Indies last year. Moises Henriques, who too was a part of the twin tours of Bangladesh and the West Indies, also returns to the set-up. The veteran all-rounder has also led Sydney Sixers to the later stages of the BBL 2021-22. He has already represented Australia in four Tests, 16 ODIs, and 24 T20Is. Travis Head, the Man of the Series in the just-concluded Ashes, and pace bowler Jhye Richardson have also earned recalls to the squad.

Meanwhile, Mitchell March and David Warner, integral members of Australia’s T20 World Cup-winning squad last year, will miss the series as the duo look to prepare for the Pakistan tour which follows the Sri Lanka T20Is.