Australian selectors will be announcing the final 15-member World Cup squad on April 23. The defending champions will be kicking off its mega event campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol. Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has been out of the reckoning for a while due to a back injury, has finally recovered from the issue and he has now set his eyes on the World Cup selection.
There’s nerves, as there always is
During a recent conversation, Hazlewood noted that he is definitely feeling the nerves ahead of the team selection for the 50-overs World Cup. He reckoned that it is the same feeling which is there before the squad selection for a big tournament. Hazlewood mentioned that currently it is a very good time to be in Australian cricket.
“There’s nerves, as there always is before a team is selected for a big tournament. There’s probably 20 plus guys who think they’re a really good chance of making it. It’s a good position to be in for Australian cricket,” quoted Josh Hazlewood.
I’m off a couple of steps at the moment
Hazlewood mentioned that he has started bowling after recovering from the injury and is slowly coming to his usual form. He stated that he will be starting to ramp up pretty quickly through late April-May. “I’ve started bowling, I’m off a couple of steps at the moment, so that will start to ramp up pretty quickly through late April and in to May. I’ve done a lot of work, rehab-wise, running-wise, gym wise. Everything should be fine,” he added.
Hazlewood revealed that it is very important to get some bowling under the belt in order to be fit and ready to play Test series such as the Ashes. However, he also reckoned that the best place to regain form and fitness is the upcoming 2019 World Cup. “To be fit and ready for that first Ashes Test you have to have a lot of bowling under your belt anyway. There can’t be a better spot to do that than in a World Cup. One day cricket, a couple of games a week for five or six weeks is probably perfect prep in terms of body load. Hopefully I’m there and we can hold on to the trophy,” concluded Hazlewood.