Australia’s Josh Hazlewood Chalks Out 2019 World Cup Plans
Cricket Australia (CA) is hoping against hope as the twelfth edition of the 2019 World Cup is nearing. Meanwhile, Josh Hazlewood, who suffered a back injury in January this year, is keen to partake in the ODI showpiece in England. In bits and pieces, the speedster has returned to bowling and is in-line for the World Cup.
Meanwhile, he is excited to be on the road in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup.
Following the shoulder injury of exciting youngster Jhye Richardson at Sharjah during the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan, Australian selectors are facing heat at the moment. But Hazlewood’s keenness has brought some respite to the think tank.
The 28-year-old Hazlewood is hopeful to recover in time to hit the ground up and running.
During his three-month injury lay-off, Hazlewood has missed out home Tests against Sri Lanka. Also, he missed the heavily-contested limited-overs series against India before the ongoing five-match day-long series against the Men in Green in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
2019 World Cup: Josh Hazlewood is gaining fitness –
The prominent bowler Hazlewood revealed he’s around 65-70 per cent fit. And by the time World Cup will kick-off, he is confident to play the day-long cricket in time.
Hazlewood reiterated he’s at least 35 days during his rehabilitation programme before making things count.
“When the squad gets announced I’ll probably be 65-70 per cent (fit) and I’ve still got a good four or five weeks from that date to get ready to play one-day cricket,” Hazlewood said on the latest episode of The Unplayable Podcast.
In past, the experienced bowler Hazlewood has played a spectacular role for Australia alongside Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
On the other side, Starc, who nursed a pectoral injury, is back with the bowling.
Early, Hazlewood’s hopes for the mega ICC event were almost jeopardized as he has been taken aback by back issues.
2019 World Cup: Josh Hazlewood eyes WC warm-up fixtures for his return –
Interestingly, Australia will also face Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand owing to the World Cup preparations.
Hazlewood added probably he won’t be available for the Kiwis games, but he is hopeful to feature during warm-up fixtures in the United Kingdom (UK). The ODI showpiece will run between May 30 and July 14.
“We head up to Brisbane early May. There’s a couple of games against New Zealand I believe – I don’t think I’ll be fit for those but the one-day warm-up games in England I think I’ll be right,” Hazlewood said.
Australia will feature in two warm-up fixtures in English conditions. They will take on hosts England and Sri Lanka in Southampton respectively.
However, their campaign to defend the World Cup will kick off on June 1 against Afghanistan at the Bristol County Ground.
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