In a recent interaction with reporters, Hazlewood expressed his optimism regarding his participation in the Ashes series. He mentioned that in previous years, he would have aimed to play in all six matches, but considering his recent injury history, he would be satisfied with featuring in three games. Playing four matches would be an accomplishment, while any more or less would leave him slightly disappointed.
Competing for a Spot
With Hazlewood’s return, the Australian team management faces a selection dilemma for the five-match series against England. The pace attack, led by captain Pat Cummins, includes strong contenders like Scott Boland and Mitchell Starc. Only two spots are up for grabs among these talented bowlers.
Boland’s Impressive Performance
Scott Boland delivered an outstanding performance in the WTC final, taking five wickets in the game. His impressive showing has further intensified the competition for a spot in the Ashes series.
Building Depth and Prolonging Hazlewood’s Career
Hazlewood believes that the emergence of players like Scott Boland and seam-bowling all-rounder Cameron Green can benefit the team in the long run. The presence of quality players on the bench allows for a reassessment of the team’s composition after each game. It also enables the management to manage workload and avoid potential injuries by having sufficient backup options. Hazlewood expressed the importance of having a group of four or five quicks who can work together for an extended period, as it helps maintain the team’s performance and endurance.
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