Lance Morris has been put on hold as his body is being repaired in preparation for the approaching home summer.
Australia made the decision on Wednesday to only choose the four fast bowlers from their 17-man squad for the opening leg of their tour of England, with Scott Boland joining the usual pace trio.
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Prior to earning his place in a touring party for this year’s series in India, Morris had been a member of Australia’s team for the most of the home summer.
But, a back ailment flare-up has prevented him from bowling for up to six weeks, removing any chance of being included in the original touring group and making it doubtful that he would be called up again after that. Next month, he was also scheduled to play for Northamptonshire.
Chief selector George Bailey stated, “He’s having a bit of a de-load time, which I guess is around four to six weeks, and then he will start to start to build after that. According to conservative estimates, we’ll likely try to repair Lance and hope to have a great summer.
After four to six weeks, he’ll get another scan, at which point we’ll know more about the condition of his back.
Given that the World Test Championship final and the five-match Ashes series are both taking place in less than two months, Bailey said on Wednesday that it was unlikely Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood would be able to play in all six Test matches.
From county cricket, Michael Neser and Sean Abbott might offer support
The England tour has three quick turnarounds, and according to Bailey, it was difficult to predict how bowlers would be controlled until it was known how quickly matches would be finished.
During lengthy tours, Australia has historically brought along more than one back-up player, but Michael Neser and Sean Abbott are only two of the many Australians competing in the County Championship who are eligible for call-up.