Josh Hazlewood believes he can participate in the World Test Championship final against India if he can complete rigorous training sessions over the next week. His participation in the IPL was cut short due to concerns about stiffness, but it was a precautionary measure as diagnostic tests revealed no injury to his side. During his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Hazlewood bowled only nine overs. Securing three wickets before returning home ahead of his UK trip. In the past two years, he experienced two side strains, causing him to miss multiple Tests.
Nevertheless, Hazlewood showcased his resilience by engaging in bowling sessions in Sydney before joining the team in England. On Tuesday, the team held their initial training session in Formby, West Lancashire, with Hazlewood gradually intensifying his efforts after a light solo bowl upon arrival. He feels he is getting closer to his full potential. Hazlewood acknowledges the need to continue bowling over the next week to be considered match-ready for the WTC final. The highly anticipated clash will commence next Wednesday at the Oval in London.
Hazlewood’s determination to overcome his previous injury setbacks. And his focused approach to training demonstrate his commitment to contribute to the Australian team’s success in the crucial WTC final. Furthermore, with his potential inclusion, Australia’s bowling attack receives a significant boost. Enhancing their prospects in the upcoming high-stakes encounter against India.
My fitness is pretty good: Hazlewood
My fitness is pretty good. It is just a matter of ticking off every session from here until that date, basically. In T20, you are bowling a lot of various different balls every over. A wide yorker to a bouncer to a slower ball, and [the side] just got jammed up a little bit, and a bit of scar tissue from previous injuries flared up,”
“It calmed down pretty quickly. I had a week off, I didn’t quite get back to going 100 percent at [the] IPL, but the last few bowls have been good, and I have been building up nicely,”
Hazelwood further added.
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