Teenage bowler groomed for Ashes

Australia (4/6 in Ashes 2010/11 – Test Series Betting) have named 19-year-old pace bowler Josh Hazlewood and recalled left-handed opener Phil Hughes to their Test squad for the two-match tour of India this month.

Hazlewood, who made his international one-day debut in June against England (9/4), taking 1-41 from seven overs, is a raw and relatively untried prospect.

But the Australian selectors, led by former Ashes hero Merv Hughes, liked what they saw of the teenager in his five Sheffield Shield matches for New South Wales in 2009-10 and appear to be fast-tracking him for the winter clash with Andrew Strauss’ men.

”I hadn’t thought too far ahead but [I’m] definitely [thinking about the Ashes] now I’m in the Test squad, obviously there’s quicks coming back but if I get a chance I’ll put my name forward,” he said.

Hughes returns as the tourists’ back-up batsman, replacing Usman Khawaja, while off spinner Nathan Hauritz returns after injury kept him out of the two-match series against Pakistan in England.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and paceman Peter Siddle are aiming at returning for the one-dayers in India or at home against Sri Lanka in November.

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