Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood deliver a victory over South Africa in Australia’s T20 World Cup opener, says switching back to red-ball mode at training would be viable.
Hazlewood and fellow Test quicks Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc will have little time to rest and reset for the five-Test Vodafone Ashes series against England, especially if they progress deep into the T20 World Cup.
“I don’t feel like I need a match of any sort,” he said from the UAE. It’s more the miles in the legs. One or two big days of training, where we might bowl 14 or 16 overs in a day with some fielding. If we get that under our belts then I’m fine.”
Hazlewood insisted the T20 World Cup could help improve his red-ball bowling.
“In all the formats I tend to bowl pretty similarly, except obviously the back end of T20s,” he said.
“There’s certainly times within Test matches where your T20 bowling comes into play.
“The more T20 you play, the more confident you’re going to get in those change-ups and putting them into practice.
“On day five and the wicket is still good, you have to use your own tricks.”
Ben Stokes’ six-laden rampage at Headingley, where the allrounder finished 135 not out after hauling in a target of 359, is one example.
“There’s certain things that I’ve thought about trying again if I was in that situation,” Hazlewood said.
2021 Men’s T20 World Cup
Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams
Oct 23: Australia beat South Africa by five wickets
October 28: v Sri Lanka in Dubai (6 pm local time, 1 am Oct 29 AEDT)
Oct 30: v England in Dubai (6 pm local time, 1 am Oct 31 AEDT)
Nov 4: v Bangladesh in Dubai (2 pm local time, 9 pm AEDT)
Nov 6: v West Indies in Abu Dhabi (2 pm local time, 9 pm AEDT)
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