Josh Hazlewood, who picked up five wickets on his test debut against India in the second Test at the Gabba, Brisbane has made a mark for himself in the International arena after a series of consistent performances in the ODIs which led to some comparisons with legendary Aussie quick Glenn McGrath.
Ever since he appeared for Australia in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, it was just a matter of time for him to break into the Aussie national team. He eventually made his ODI debut against England in 2010. He was soon rewarded with a Test call-up for the tour of India in 2010 but unfortunately missed out because of a back fracture he suffered then.
A 6 wicket haul in last year’s Sheffield Shield finals and a 7-fer in the first match for New South Wales this season earned him a place in the Aussie ODI side for the ODIs against South Africa, for which the selectors rotated the quicks with the World Cup in mind and having some fast bowling spots up for grabs. He picked up a fifer against South Africa at Perth last month and made it to the Aussie test team for the home series against India. He missed out in the first test match and a quad injury to Ryan Harris gave him his test debut at the Gabba, a bowler’s dream wicket for a debut. He ran in, bowled with accuracy and the rest has become history.
Not only the selectors and coaches who felt that Hazlewood was destined for big things. When Hazlewood was 15, few of his dad’s pals placed $100 bets each with British bookmakers that Hazlewood would play Test cricket by the age of 30. The odds they were given were 500-1. That makes a cool $50,000 pay-off for each punter now.
Hazlewood picked up 5-68 on his debut against India.