Josh Hazlewood had performed solely 9 T20Is until final 12 months, having made his debut manner again in 2013. However, he has been concerned within the shortest format since final 12 months taking part in for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020 within the UAE after which within the second leg of IPL 2021 in the identical nation.
Between the 2 IPLs, he toured West Indies and Bangladesh returning to Australia’s T20 fold and picked 12 wickets mixed in these two collection earlier than taking 11 wickets in 9 matches for CSK within the workforce’s run to the title.
Josh Hazlewood carried this terrific type within the T20 World Cup as effectively. The lanky seamer took 11 wickets in 7 matches, together with registering wonderful figures of three/16 – which included the wicket of a set Kane Williamson – in a high-scoring ultimate.
His teammate quick bowler Pat Cummins opined that taking part in within the UAE within the IPL 2021 proper earlier than the T20 World Cup aided Josh Hazlewood in adapting shortly to the situations.
“Pretty pumped. Once we go back home it will sink in. A lot of support back home, they’ve gotten up at 1 am. It’s a good thing to play some IPL here. Even Hazlewood was able to adapt quickly because of that,” Pat Cummins mentioned after the win on Sunday night time.
Josh Hazlewood performances within the IPL pressured his manner into the beginning 11: Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch too concurred with Cummins’ thought, saying that Josh Hazlewood introduced loads of expertise of the UAE situations with him.
He revealed that it was the seamer’s excellent type that pressured the administration to select him over T20 specialist Kane Richardson within the eleven on the World Cup.
“Yeah, he was really important with our bowling group. He shared his experience of CSK which was really important. To be able to bowl particularly at the end of the tournament where the wickets started to get more worn and hard length, which is Josh’s speciality, I guess, was tough to hit. Yeah, that was really important that he passed on that information,” Aaron Finch mentioned on the post-match convention.
“Honestly, his performances in the IPL probably forced his way into the starting 11 over Kane Richardson who is a wonderful T20 bowler and someone who has been so important for us. But yeah, that was a tough call,” the Aussie skipper mentioned.
Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc will subsequent be seen collectively within the upcoming dwelling Ashes, beginning December 8.