Australian duo of Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Marsh have both pulled out of the 2021 Indian Premier League as they follow the withdrawal of fellow Australian, Josh Philippe. Hazelwood made his first appearance in the IPL 2021 when he featured for the Chennai Super Kings.
They retained his services despite only playing in three matches last season. However, Hazelwood has cited an important summer ahead for pulling out of the competition. Australia have played plenty of cricket during the COVID-19 pandemic which means that the players have had a lot of time in bio-bubbles but Australian bookmaker bookmaker.com.au expect Hazlewood to return for
the next IPL.
With Australia playing in the T20 Cricket World Cup and the Ashes against England this season, Hazelwood has decided to prioritize those tournaments. Hazelwood said that he wants to focus on staying mentally and physically fit for the challenges of 2021.
The quality of Hazelwood is not in doubt but he hardly featured for CSK last season. With only four
international players allowed, CSK opted for allrounders Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo on that front
who could cover more areas than Hazelwood?
In his three matches last season, Hazelwood’s fast-medium only got him one wicket but his economy
was at 6.40 – a superb effort for the shortest format. Mitchell Marsh has cited personal reasons for his absence. It also has to do with the amount of time spent in bio-bubbles where there is very little contact with the outside world.
Marsh has featured in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2020 IPL campaigns. Last season the Sunrisers
Hyderabad paid for his services but he got injured in the opening match and had to return home.
Across his five seasons in the IPL, Marsh has played just 21 matches. He is known as a big-hitting
allrounder, but has failed to produce the goods in the IPL. Marsh has never gotten past the 50-run mark in the competition.
From a bowling perspective, Marsh has been sublime at times. His overall average of 21.00 is matched by very few while his economy rate is below eight. Marsh’s versatility will be missed by the Sunrisers in the 2021 season. He has been replaced by England opening batsman, Jason Roy. The Sunrisers opted for an opening batsman because captain, David Warner has struggled with a groin injury recently.