‘I’m ready’: Hazlewood says he’s ready for SCG return to bolster exhausted Aussie attack


Josh Hazlewood has declared himself ready to come to the rescue of Australia’s depleted bowling attack at next week’s Sydney Test.

The sewing veteran, who has missed the last two matches after suffering a side strain four weeks ago against the West Indies, was close to a comeback in the second Test against South Africa at the MCG but fell removed late.

With Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green ruled out of the third clash with the Proteas at SCG due to finger injuries, Hazlewood’s return is a timely boost.

Young Western Australian speedster Lance Morris is also in contention with trainer Andrew McDonald, indicating they are keen to let ‘The Wild Thing’ go wild on what would be his Test debut in Sydney.

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Hazlewood told SEN Radio on Thursday morning that he was confident he would be able to get a test on his pitch.

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“Yes, at this point I am [fit for Sydney]. A few more overs to play in this game in the net, but I had a good hit two days ago,” he said.

“All the signs are good so I feel ready and fit. It was a very minor strain so very different from last year. Obviously I passed at the end of the first test so I didn’t had to push too hard.

“It recovered really quickly. I had a week of bowling, came back and didn’t feel it at all. It was just about the workload and getting that confidence for this match. If I could count on less than 30 overs, I would have been nice [at the MCG]but if it goes deep today and especially with Greeny going down, 40 overs might have been a stretch so I made the call before the game.

Despite an unbeaten score of 51 on Wednesday, Green has already been ruled out of next week’s Test and will not play for the rest of the match at the MCG.

Starc continued to beat and play but is seen as a major doubt to save in Sydney.

Australia will almost certainly seal a series win as they continue to dominate in Melbourne and be careful not to overwork their key players ahead of February’s blockbuster tour of India.

They will also consider playing an additional spinner at SCG, while former captain Ricky Ponting has touted versatile WA Aaron Hardie as a potential pick bolter.

Morris was brought into the squad for Adelaide’s test against West Indies as injury cover and could make his Sydney debut.

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