Hazlewood has his sights set on making his Test debut during the South Africa series
There has been a lot of talk about 21-year-old Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood making his international Test debut extremely soon, but that dream may soon become a reality after he replaced the injured Pat Cummins on the Test squad for the three-Test series against South Africa.
Hazlewood was not included in the lineup for the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, but there still may be an opportunity for the youngster to make his debut at either Adelaide or Perth.
Australia coach Mickey Arthur rates Hazlewood as a class bowler and believes that if the young man sticks around the national team for a while, he may indeed play in his first Test at some point during the South Africa series.
“It could be [that he plays] at some point in the series, the theory around Josh is exactly what we did last year with Mitchell Starc. We thought that was a real good case study. Mitchell Starc was around us, he was ready to go when we needed him. Josh is very much in that role. Josh will be with us until the end of day one. We see a very bright future for Josh. We want Josh to feel what it’s like around the Australian cricket set-up. We want him to train with us. We want him to feel the intensity and feel the build-up, so hopefully when he comes into the environment he knows what to expect and is ready to go from the first time we pick him,” Arthir said.
Hazlewood is more likely to have the chance to make his Test debut during the third Test at Perth since he is expected to play for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria in Sydney from November 13 to 16.
Having played in one ODI for Australia in 2010 against England where he cleaned bowled Craig Kieswetter, Hazlewood has battled through numerous injuries in the past, but as of right now, he looks in great form and many cricket pundits also believe it is only a matter of time before the national selectors have to include him in the team.
Hazlewood was very impressive during the recently concluded Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) as well since he took seven wickets for the Sydney Sixers at an average of 16.17, while only giving away 4.70 runs per over.