Josh Hazlewood picked up Shikhar Dhawan's wicket in the first ODI against India © Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood picked up Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket in the first ODI against India © Getty Images

Josh Hazlewood who had earlier been rested for the second One-Day International against India at Brisbane, has now been released for the rest of the ODIs and Twenty20(T20) series against India. John Hasting who was named as a cover for Mitchell Marsh in the second match has been retained for the third ODI to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Australia selector, Trevor Hohns did show concerns for Hazlewood prior to the beginning of the series did hinting that he could be rested after the first two ODIs  in order to keep Hazlewood’s workload in check. FULL SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd ODI Brisbane

“Josh has played all six Tests this summer and has had a high workload. On that basis the decision has been made to give him a break to allow him to recharge both physically and mentally ahead of the tour of New Zealand” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann said. “We regard it as sensible management of the player and it is an approach that we have adopted successfully in Australian cricket over a significant period of time, especially in the one-day format,” added Lehmann.

Hazlewood just recently held annual International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards was named as ICC’s  Emerging Cricketer of the Year. Hazlewood had a grueling last season for Australia playing all the six Tests at home against New Zealand and West Indies. Both the series where won by Australia in emphatic manner. His total tally of wicket in both the series combined were 21, which included best match haul of nine for 136 against New Zealand at Adelaide, which was also the first ever day/night Test match.

The Australia squad for the final two matches of the five-match series will be announced subsequently.