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December 22, 2017 Josh Hazlewood News
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Hazlewood toppled five for 48 off 18 overs including six maidens in the second innings of Australia's innings victory over England at Perth.
With time far from on their side, Hazlewood confidently worked through the England batting order on the final day of play to secure the innings victory and the Ashes for Australia. After taking seven wickets across the first two matches, Hazlewood notched his first fifer since taking six at Bengaluru against India in March and his sixth-career fifer. After missing much of the western summer, Hazlewood looks all the way back and in fine form going into the final two Tests of the series.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe pacemen joins fellow quick Mitchell Starc on the injury list following his side strain injury. Hazlewood managed just short of five overs in he second innings on the third day when he left the field. It was later confirmed that Hazlewood would be heading back home by the close of the test. Steve O' Keefe has been selected to join the squad in the wake of Hazlewood's injury.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Aussie seamer picked up the first wicket of the innings and followed it up with five more in ensuing spells to leave him with his best figures in his ODI career of six for 52. Hazlewood took the first wicket of Martin Guptill, who was caught by Glenn Maxwell for 26, but had to wait a while before tearing through the middle and lower New Zealand order with the opposition collapsing from 254/4 to 291 all out. Recently, Hazlewood has struggled to take wickets, as he last took more than one wicket in an innings against India on the 4th of March.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood found success early, knocking off both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja before the 40th over. After a tremendous partnership between Rahane and Pujara was broken by Mitchell Starc, it was Hazlewood who kept the wickets coming, knocking off Pujara, Ashwin and Yadav across a two-over spell with the second new ball. This was his fifth five-for and his best bowled innings in a Test match. On more batsmen-friendly pitches at Ranchi and Dharamsala, Hazlewood will look to keep his form going.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood carried a large load during the Australian Test summer bowling upwards of 40 overs in five of the six Tests he played. The 26-year-old broke a 10-year record for most overs in an innings by an Australia fast bowler, bowling 42 overs in the first innings of the Brisbane Test. "If one of our other fast bowlers picks up an injury in the run-up to Friday's first game at The Gabba then he could be called up to slot in," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood was a rare bright spot in Australia's wretched Test series against South Africa, taking 17 wickets across the three match series and continued his strong form in the first ODI, taking a team-high three wickets, starting with Tom Latham in the second over and keeping it up from there. While he's been one of the strongest members of the Australian attack in Test cricket, he's been less-so in limited-overs formats; however, the 25-year-old is bowling as well as he ever has of late.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite Australia hitting a real valley of form in this series, Hazlewood has still managed to impress. An accomplished Test bowler, he nearly reached his best bowled innings. He now has 11 wickets across his three innings bowled, but managed just 14 runs in the second Test as a batsman. While he's not there to prop them up as a batsman, he actually scored the most runs of anyone batting below fourth in the order thanks to his six runs unbeaten in a futile batting performance by Australia. They'll look to save face at Adelaide on Nov. 24 for the third and final Test of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood and Starc were the one-two bowling duo of this opening innings in Perth, taking turns to pick apart the South African batting lineup all the way down the order. After Starc send opener Stephen Cook packing for a duck, Hazlewood followed up by claiming the wickets of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla in quick succession. By the ninth over the visitors had lost three top-order batsmen for a paltry 20 runs. A short delivery to Quinton de Kock ended the wicket keeper’s 84-run stand, and any hope of a South African resurgence with it.
Fantasy AnalysisAustralia will have to look elsewhere in regards to having someone to lead the bowling attack, with both usual frontline quicks Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will be back home resting for their upcoming busy schedule.
Fantasy AnalysisThe accomplished pace bowler nabbed five wickets in his last ODI in the Tri-Nation Series against the West Indies and showed no drop in form in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka. He picked up his first wicket in the sixth over and then followed that up with the next wicket on the first ball of the 10th over just three runs later. After a bit of a break, Hazlewood took his third wicket just before lunch at the end of the 26th over to put the Aussies firmly in the driver's seat. Batting 10th, Hazlewood will look to bat just once (maybe not at all) thanks to his and the fellow bowlers' performance in the attack.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood knocked the home side off-balance by claiming opener Andre Fletcher's wicket in the 11th over, then returned after Mitchell Marsh's strong performance to mop up the back half of the Windies' batting order. Hazlewood capitalised when Fletcher ran forward early on the fatal delivery, shortening his length to take the high edge of the bat for an overhead catch by captain Steve Smith. In the end, Hazlewood managed an economy rate of 5.17 from 58 deliveries, allowing six fours and a six in his time at the crease. He was named man of the series after Australia's 58-run win.
Fantasy AnalysisSeamers like Hazlewood were surprisingly effective on the stagnant grounds at Providence Stadium. Firing 47 dots across three different spells early, middle, and late, he benefited from a review to get Quinton de Kock LBW in the seventh and later bowled Wayne Parnell in the 29th. Although his side was unable to chase down the first-innings mark of 189, Hazlewood posted the lowest economy rate of any Australian to use the maximum 10 overs since 2005.
Fantasy AnalysisCricket Australia has worked with Hazlewood to ensure he will be in peak condition for both the West Indies and Ashes tours. He has therefore decided to rest instead of playing in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians. The tournament is held in the player's offseason, but after a grueling summer and with a full winter ahead, Hazlewood has agreed to rest.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving played just 13 ODIs, Cummins has only batted once for naught not out, but has bowled 13 times and taken 19 wickets for 445 runs. His average is 23.42 with a strike rate of 31.9 and an economy rate of 4.39. In the upcoming IPL season, he'll play for the Mumbai Indians, who are coached by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting under the tutelage of new bowling coach Shane Bond.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a move that surprised some, Hazlewood replaced Pat Cummins as the third seamer in the Australian attack. Having played just 11 ODIs since his debut in 2010, Hazlewood showed nerves of steel to open the bowling with a controlled spell, only conceding one wide from his 10 overs. His overall economy rate of 4.49 with a strike rate of 27.70 and his consistent "putting it on the spot" bowling should see him hold his position in the team for the semifinal against India in Sydney on Thursday.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood will replace fellow seamer Pat Cummins. In two innings in this World Cup, Hazlewood has taken two wickets for 35.00 while conceding 4.71 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisWith a World Cup-record 417 to defend, Hazlewood took the new ball with fellow fast bowler Mitchell Starc. In his fourth over bowled, Hazlewood tallied his first wicket of the World Cup and first since the Tri-Series final against England on Feb. 1. After conceding 45 in 6.5 overs in the Cup opener, he wasn't among Australia's XI in the second match but returned for the next one, which was the sole washout of the tournament. In four ODI innings this year, he's taken four wickets while averaging 27.00 and giving up 4.15 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood faltered in the Cup opener against England, allowing 45 off only 6.5 overs without taking a wicket. Exchanging one young pace bowler for another is likely an experiment to see who can be trusted in the latter stages of the tournament, but Hazlewood will nonetheless take a seat in Australia's second game.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood was given the new ball but failed to capitalize on it, finishing with an economy rate of 6.58 and failing to take a wicket. Since returning to the Australian ODI squad in November against South Africa, he has taken 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 24.27, placing him amongst some of the best bowlers in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisHazlewood can both open the bowling and bowl at the death, where a good economy rate is paramount. The New South Welshman is a young bowler on the rise, and while he isn't a premier batsman, he can contribute valuable runs, and lower in the order if needed. A surprise selection this summer, he's earned his place on Australia's World Cup squad, with 12 wickets taken and a 4.61 economy rate in eight career ODIs.