Kolkata: Josh Hazlewood might have grabbed a hat-trick against West Indies in a World T20 warm-up game but he has hinted that it would not be enough to get a place in the playing XI. (World T20: AB De Villiers Toughest Batsman to Bowl at, Says Josh Hazlewood)
“They’ve probably got their XI in the back of their mind. Every time you get an opportunity to perform you try to take it with both hands,” said Hazlewood, who had reduced West Indies to 18/3 with his hat-trick in the fourth over.
“A couple of the quickies who did quite well in South Africa did not bowl in this match. There’s a plenty of competition for every spot,” he said, as the Aussies rested James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile for the warm-up match alongside the big-hitting David Warner.
“The ODI World Cup got a little bit longer but here we have got four games in pretty quick time. I don’t think there would be as much chopping and changing. We will have to choose according to the conditions,” he added.
Hazlewood’s hat-trick was not enough as from 72/6, the Windies rode an unbeaten half-century by Darren Sammy and a quick-fire 33 by Carlos Brathwaite to overhaul the victory target of 162 with a ball to spare.
“Probably we would have gone a little bit differently if we really tried to win the game. If it was a game in the tournament it would have been different. We tried a few different things,” Hazlewood said at the post match news conference.
“We got pretty much what we needed but still things have to improve on as I said. They’ve got some dangerous hitters down the order. That’s their strength. But we can still improve,” said the pacer after Australia lost the warm-up match by three wickets on Sunday.