Mitchell Starc’s return to the Test side will be a good sign, Josh Hazlewood.
Australia vs India: The speedster Josh Hazlewood feels, Mitchell Starc’s return to the test side will be a good sign for the Australian squad. The home team will get much-needed strength after the pacer Mitchell Starc returns in the test squad. His pink ball numbers are huge to blow everyone’s mind, said Josh Hazlewood.
“Starc is an integral part of our test side and attack. Everyone knows his figures in test cricket, especially with the pink ball. The management welcomes him with an open arm,” Hazlewood in the virtual news conference.
The pace spearhead has pulled out of the Twenty20 series against India after the first T20I. He took the decision after learning about his family’s illness but Cricket Australia has announced his return on Sunday to the test side.
Starc would be ready to jump in, Hazlewood:
“I think he would be good to go now. Nothing goes to plan. He would have done everything possible over last week and he is a professional cricketer. I feel he would be ready to go and jump straight into the game.”
With Mitchell Starc’s comeback, the Australian blowing lineup will daunting. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, spinner Nathan Lyon would provide enough options to Aussies skipper.
However, the batting this time looks a bit lanky even though Steve Smith will be the part. Aussies have been backstepped by the number of injuries. Earlier, Warner was ruled out due to Groin Injury however, he says he is fit now and just needs another 10 days to gain full match fitness.
The opening batsman, young Will Pucovski has been ruled out due to a concussion. He won’t be available for the first test game.
The all-rounder Cameron Green was also sent for a medical examination after being hit by Jasprit Bumrah’s straight drive into the head. The incident took place in the second practice match against India A in Sydney.
When asked about the preparations for the test game against India, Hazlewood told me there is nothing to do right now, everyone is going through the same thing, so it’s a pretty usual one.
Hazlewood has dismissed skipper Kohli for the fourth consecutive time in ODIs in 2020.
“I have got some luck last time in the ODIs. A little bit to take into the next format but its usually a fresh start. Virat is a destructive batsman and scored some runs in the past.”
“It is important to get him early, once he gets the initial start then he can be crazy for the opposition. I have got him twice in a test game so hope to do that again,” he added.