Josh Hazlewood ready to lead Australia attack in Bangladesh
Josh Hazlewood is ready to lead Australia’s pace attack during the two-test series in Bangladesh in the absence of injured fast bowling colleagues Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.
Left-armer Starc suffered a stress fracture in his foot on the tour of India and missed the third and fourth tests. He returned for June’s Champions Trophy in England but later felt the injury had not healed properly.
Pattinson was suffering inflammation around an area of his back where he had a previous stress fracture.
“There’s only going to be a couple of quicks in the team and a few spinners (but) as long as we’re working together, I think we’ll be okay,” Hazlewood told reporters at a team camp in Darwin on Sunday.
“I see myself as a leader amongst the group now. The team’s changed a lot since I first came in, and I’ve gone from a junior player to a senior player, so I try to take that extra initiative to lead from the front.”
The 26-year-old will have Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird as his pace partners in Bangladesh.
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