Disappointing Josh Hazlewood Trying to Avoid the ICC World Cup 2019
Crestfallen Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood in his recent interview, revealed he has thoroughly tried to avoid watching the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 after he missed out to cement his spot in the 15-member squad.
The prominent bowler has struggled with his back which eventually ruined his chance to feature in the twelfth edition of the quadrennial event in the England and Wales.
Hazlewood, who is on his way to recovery, has suffered a lower back stress fracture in January 2019. However, Hazlewood last featured against India during the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hazlewood avoids watching World Cup fixtures:
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Hazelwood revealed that he hadn’t watched match cricket during the ongoing World Cup. Hazlewood who has left for England with Australia A reiterated that it is too hard to avoid cricket in England. The lanky pacer is the part of Australia A squad to feature in the multi-day format apart from day-long fixtures.
“I haven’t watched too much, to be honest. I’ve seen the scores but I’m trying to stay away from it as much as I can. It’s pretty tough. It will be harder to avoid when I get over there. But it’s not been too bad in Australia. You’ve got the footy on all the time and it doesn’t start until late so you can avoid it but when I get to England it might be a bit different,” Hazelwood told ESPNCricinfo.
Following his omission from the provisional squad, Kane Richardson was preferred as a replacement for injured Jhye Richardson. Thus, it has put a curtain on the hopes of Hazlewood to make it to the World Cup squad.
“There’s a few different opinions on that but I was always in the place where I was going to play one of the warm-up games in England, against Sri Lanka or England,” Hazlewood added.
The 28-year-old Hazlewood has made his maiden World Cup appearance in 2015. While being the part of Australia’s World Cup campaign, Hazlewood has featured in five matches. And it further saw him bagging seven wickets at an average of 25.14. Interestingly, his World Cup’s best figures read as four for 35 against Pakistan.
Overall in 44 matches since 2010, Hazlewood has claimed 72 wickets at an average of 25.15.
However, his best figures with the ball came against arch-rivals New Zealand during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
Hazlewood has bagged six wickets while conceding 52 runs in his nine overs.
Hazlewood, who has made a change in his action to get better results, is raring to make a return to the top-flight cricket. The prominent paceman has done a bulk of the job for Australia alongside Mitchell Starc.
Hazlewood sets his focus of Ashes 2019:
The star bowler is confident of producing a good show. He has further set his entire focus on Ashes tour which will commence from August 1st. He is optimistic that Australia A tour will help him big time ahead of the celebrated traditional tournament.
“That was always the goal, building up the workload for that game. But, yeah, it was pretty tight and a big tournament to go into with not much cricket and that’s how the selectors saw it. I was always confident of playing the role but the focus is now on the Ashes, this Australia A tour and getting out of it what I need to to be ready. I’m just itching to play now,” Hazlewood concluded.
So far, in the ongoing edition of the World Cup, Australia have had won two matches out of three they went on to play so far.
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