Canterbury Pacer Andrew Hazeldine Diagnosed With Cancer
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Canterbury Pacer Andrew Hazeldine Diagnosed With Cancer

Andrew Hazeldine
Andrew Hazeldine (Getty)

Canterbury fast bowler, Andrew Hazeldine has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system. Hazeldine, who last played a domestic game in New Zealand, was diagnosed with cancer in September.

Luckily, his condition was noticed early and is recovering speedily. In fact, Hazeldine is looking to get back to playing competitive-level cricket by next season.

Andrew Hazeldine
Andrew Hazeldine (Getty)

Jackson Latham announced as Andrew Hazeldine’s replacement.

Hazeldine made his debut for Canterbury in March 2018. The left-arm seamer has picked 35 wickets in 15 first-class matches with a best of 5/33. He also has 21 wickets to his name in 16 List-A games. He played a solitary T20 game in 2017.

Canterbury Cricket high-performance manager Marty Croy has expressed his grief over Hazeldine’s situation. He has extended his thoughts to the pacer and his family. Croy said that the club would continue to support the 26-year-old throughout his treatment and recovery period and to hope for his return to the cricket field soon.

Marty Croy said in a statement, “Naturally, it’s an upsetting situation for Andrew and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time. We’ll continue to support him throughout his treatment and recovery and look forward to seeing him back healthy next year.”

Jackson Latham
Jackson Latham (Image credit: canterburycricket.org.nz)

Burnside West seamer, Jackson Latham replaces Andrew Hazeldine in Canterbury. Latham said that it is an unfortunate situation in which he comes in the team. However, he is thankful for an opportunity. The right-arm pacer said that he looks forward to applying the lessons he learned last season and will be on his toes whenever required.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to focus on my cricket full-time. Last season taught me to be patient and it’s great to be in the picture for selection should I be required,” Latham said.

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