Josh Hazlewood will not return from injury in time to play for Australia in the ongoing Test series against India and has instead headed home.

Hazlewood has missed the first two Tests – both defeats – with an Achilles problem.

And Australia have now accepted their fast bowler will not recover before the end of the series, making him the latest player to depart the tour.

Captain Pat Cummins was already confirmed to be travelling back to Australia due to a family issue, although he is expected back before the third Test.

After two big losses, Australia will at least have Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc available for the Indore Test.

Green had been absent with a finger injury, while Starc was dealing with a similar issue, albeit coach Andrew McDonald said he could have played in Delhi.