Due to a side ailment, an important Australia pacer is questionable for the South Africa series.

Josh Hazlewood was forced to withdraw from the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide due to a side strain . Hazlewood suffered a similar setback last summer when he was injured by a side strain against England in the Gabba .

Sydney, Australia, December 8: After being forced to withdraw from the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide due to a side strain, Josh Hazlewoods place in the opening game of the series is in jeopardy.After the West Indies series, he will be evaluated once more on his return to Sydney on Friday for rehabilitation.Michael Neser was formerly known as Australia's replacement for the second test against the West Indies.Scott Boland was added to the Aussie team after Pat Cummins was injured.

In Rawalpindi, Australia selected to field two frontline spinners.The fact that Australia has already lost two of their key pacers early in the season demonstrates the difficulties in coping with the bowlers' workloads during a busy schedule that includes five Test matches in less than five weeks.Though their top fast bowlers will not play in the BBL in January, there will be no time to rest before they head to India for four Test matches.On Thursday, the BCCI revealed the schedule.

It is uncertain if Australia would use Cameron Green and three frontline quicks in all of those games.Mitchell Starc was the first-choice quick who was kept in the starting lineup against the West Indies last year.During the last few years, he has appeared in all ten games against England, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, exuding exceptional tenacity.Lance Morris was also included in the squad, as a Western Australia quick who has never played but is regarded as the country's fastest bowler.

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