Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood received his reward for some fine domestic form on Wednesday when he was included in a pace-heavy 13-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa next month.
Having been an integral part of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting`s formidable Australian sides, former opener Justin Langer knows a thing or two about what ails the country`s young cricketers right now and according to him, not playing English county is one of the prime reasons.
Opening batsman David Warner has been omitted from the Australian squad for the One-Day International (ODI) series against England and Scotland while pacer Mitchell Starc will also return home with some lower back soreness.
The Australian squad going into the Ashes is reportedly looking for inspiration from British sports heroes, especially Andy Murray, as their country runs short on sports icons with heavy failures in the field.
Young fast bowler Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Johnson returned to the Australian squad for a five-match One-Day series against England and one game against Ireland, after recovering from their respective foot injuries.