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Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has said that he is excited about the prospect of bowling alongside fellow seamers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson at the Champions Trophy next month.
With the tournament being held in England, which is known for its pace-friendly conditions, Hazlewood is confident that the fearsome foursome will pose a serious threat to any opposition.
“We’ve grown up playing against each other in different tournaments … so it’s great to have us all here together and bowling well,” he said. “(Starc and I) have been playing the majority of the past two or three years together and we’ve been doing really well. But the other two are unbelievable bowlers in their own right so it’s going to be a tough gig for the selectors for that first game.
“We’ve obviously got a couple of warm-up games and a bit more training to go so we’ll enjoy the next week leading in.”
However, Hazlewood also conceded that there will be a lot of competition in all departments.
“Obviously over the last 6-12 months there’s been a few people rested from different tours and we’ve had injuries as well,” he added. “That’s just the way the schedule is. Every player of the 15 puts a good case forward when you look at it on paper so it’s going to be tough work for the selectors.”
Meanwhile, even though the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has still yet to be unresolved, Hazlewood insisted that he won’t be distracted by it during the Champions Trophy.
“It’s all about cricket for me,” he said. “It’s all about the Champions Trophy, we’ll worry about that (pay dispute) when the time comes.
“ACA is our representative and we trust and believe that they will do what it is best for the game.”