I See Myself As A Leader, Says Josh Hazlewood

Tahir Ibn Manzoor / 13 August 2017

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood revealed himself as a spearhead for the upcoming two-match Test series in Bangladesh, as he would be partnered by Pat Cummins and Jackson bird in the first bowling department

“I see myself as a leader amongst the group now,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

The New-South-Wales bowler Hazlewood, who bowls with the speed, is confident of coming good against the Bangladesh in the Tests. He worked hard in Darwin preparatory camp while stated he is shouldering the responsibility at the top while giving best with the ball.

“So I try to take that extra initiative to lead from the front, probably more with my actions,” Hazlewood added.

The 26-year-old premium bowler has played a significant role for Steven Smith-led Australia, particularly in the Test format believes the formation has made a huge change and he eventually got a chance to become one of the senior players in the side.

“The team has changed a lot from when I first came in, and I’ve gone from a junior player to a senior player,” Hazlewood remarked.

On the other side, the seam bowlers have been enforced as an attacking ploy in Australia conditions which further see the slow bowlers going defensive in approach as the forthcoming series in Bangladesh is bound to would witness spinners playing an aggressive role in the sub-continent conditions.

“In Australia, the quicks attack and the spinners defend most of the time,” Hazlewood further added.

Following the absence of speed gun, Mitchell Starc, Hazlewood would be aiming to reap the reward with full aggression in a bid to impress the selectors.

It’s pertinent to mention, Starc is recovering from the foot injury and is expected to return for the Ashes series in November, later this year.

However, the spin-friendly conditions might force Australian think tank to change their approach and policy which would further see slow bowlers Nathan Lyon and even Mitchell Swepson rolling over the arm straight away.

Josh Hazlewood has emerged as a star for Australia in his short international career so far. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Having the miserable record Australia has just claimed two Test wins in the past 10 years in 22 Tests, as Hazlewood tips experienced off-spinner Lyon would be handy with a bag full of tricks against Mushfiqur Rahim-led side.

“I think that’s in reverse in the subcontinent – ‘Gazza’  gets a chance to really attack and go for wickets,” Hazlewood maintained.

Known for his line and the length, Hazlewood revealed the surface in Darwin is akin to Bangladesh’s wickets as he is focusing on his fitness after rising among the ranks

“(The Darwin wickets are) pretty similar to what we’re going to face over there, so we’re getting used to what we’re going to face in Bangladesh,” Hazlewood concluded.

Before wrestling in the three-day game at Marrara Oval in Darwin, Hazlewood revealed the preparations are in full swing as Smith’s side is bound to touch down in Dhaka on August 18.

Hazlewood, who made his international debut in 2010 and Test debut in December 2014, has played 30 Tests in which he has bagged 118 wickets at an average of 25.39 in 56 innings of the five-day format.