Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood wants to make it to Australia’s T20 team by making a mark and aims to play every game possible. The pacer does not expect a starting place in the upcoming white-ball series but still retains his dream of becoming a 3 format player. Hazlewood had last played a T20 match in Australia’s world cup exit to India in 2016. He only has 7 T20 caps to his name.
Australia are touring England to play a white-ball series against England. The T20s will commence from September 4 and will be played in Southampton. The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
That’s always the goal, to play every game of cricket you can for Australia: Josh Hazlewood
The Australian pacer aims to play every game possible for Australia, which is tough at the moment with the squad all stacked with talent.
“That’s always the goal, to play every game of cricket you can for Australia. It’s probably just through an opportunity that I haven’t, guess scheduling as well plays a part. But the T20 team has been going really well and as you expect it’s stayed pretty much the same XI, they’ve been winning most of their games and it’s a tough side to get into,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Josh Hazlewood as saying.
Hazlewood showed his form on returning with the Sydney Sixers in the latter stages of Big Bash League last season where he took five wickets in five matches with an economy rate of 6.22. The Sydney Sixers lifted the BBL title too.
“I’ll keep pushing and take the opportunities as I did for the Sixers and hopefully for Chennai and hopefully keep knocking on the door. England is flying, they have a couple of new faces we’ve got to look at. Tom Banton, I know I’ve seen Dawid Malan but he’s in the runs again. Eoin Morgan just runs a really steady ship and everyone knows their roles. They come in and their confidence is always high,” he added.
Josh Hazlewood acknowledges England’s strong squad depth
Hazlewood reckoned England have got a great squad in their hand with all areas covered. He also mentioned Eoin Morgan’s steady good leadership for the England side in white-ball cricket.
“England are flying, [they have a] couple of new faces we’ve got to look at,” he said. “Tom Banton, I know I’ve seen [Dawid] Malan but he’s in the runs again. Eoin Morgan just runs a really steady ship and everyone knows their roles. They come in and their confidence is always high.” he said.
“They have all bases covered in white-ball cricket, probably seen a bit more depth from them this year with having to have different players in the squads. They know their roles and the white-ball team is as good as ever,” Josh Hazlewood concluded.
Cricket Australia has announced a 21 man squad for the series naming three debutants namely Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith. The Australian team has reached England and will be playing practice matches before the series begins on September 4 with the T20Is, as confirmed by the ECB.