Hazlewood place in playing XI may not guaranteed

Sudipta Biswas / 14 March 2016

Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood said that his place in XI is not secured in super 10 stage in World T20. Though, he grabbed a superb hat-trick in the warm-up match against West Indies. There is a lot of competition for every spot in Australian squad and the Aussie pacer is trying to grab every opportunity to get a chance in playing XI.

“Probably they have got their XI in the mind. A couple of the quickies who did quite well in South Africa did not bowl in this match. There’s a plenty of competition for every spot.” said Hazlewood, who took 3/18 against West Indies and completed his hat-trick in the fourth over. Hazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the stumps of Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo to complete his hat-trick and he said his length did the trick.

Despite Hazlewood’s hat-trick, Australia lost the warm-up match against West Indies. An unbeaten half-century by Darren Sammy and a quick 33 by Carlos Brathwaite brought the victory to Windies camp by chasing a target of 162 with a ball to spare.

Australia team management rested James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile for the warm-up match alongside the big-hitting David Warner. Steven Smith led Australia will take on New Zeland in their first game on 18 March at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.

“I am working on variations and bowling from close to the stumps. I am always keeping it up to the batsmen,” Hazlewood told earlier.