Quicks Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Michael Neser will get an opportunity to audition for a late World Cup call-up when Australia A start their 50-over tour of England tomorrow.
Whereas groups can solely change their 15-man squads resulting from damage, every of the 5 pacemen in Australia’s unit is understood to be bodily fragile, and there are nonetheless 4 weeks left on this match.
Australia A, in the meantime, have 5 one-day matches within the subsequent 13 days, ending this sequence of fixtures earlier than Australia’s closing group-stage recreation, towards South Africa on July 6.
This World Cup has already seen a sequence of high-profile accidents, together with to England stars Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, Indian gun Shikhar Dhawan, and Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
There should still be the necessity to name up a brand new fast ought to damage beset one in every of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff or Kane Richardson.
Coulter-Nile’s physique is already creaking, having been rested from Australia’s final recreation resulting from being “stiff and sore”, in accordance with skipper Aaron Finch.
Whereas Starc and Cummins have dominated thus far, with 24 wickets at 19, the crew’s evident weak point has been the dearth of influence from assist quicks Coulter-Nile, Richardson and Behrendorff.
Hazlewood, Pattinson and Neser can have the prospect to indicate what they may add if a spot opened up.
Hazlewood would absolutely be in Australia’s beginning XI proper now if not for an premature damage. When the World Cup squad was introduced, the towering right-armer had not bowled in a match for the reason that first week of January and was not but working at full tempo within the nets. Now he has reportedly been bowling warmth off his full run for the previous month and is raring to get again into top-level cricket.
His long-time NSW teammate Kurtis Patterson advised media this week Hazlewood’s rhythm was pretty much as good as he’d ever seen and that he was able to “explode” for Australia A.
Given the best way their assist quicks have laboured on this World Cup, the Aussies would absolutely be boosted by the presence of Hazlewood. Simply over a yr in the past the 27-year-old was the quantity two ranked ODI bowler on this planet.
Whereas he doesn’t have the identical versatility as Starc and Cummins, who can excel with the brand new ball, within the center overs or on the dying, he’s elite in these first two durations.
Pattinson, too, may show a beautiful possibility. Whereas the Victorian’s general ODI report is undeniably poor, that’s partly as a result of reality his 15 matches have been unfold out throughout the previous eight years. What he does supply is pure wicket-taking potential, useful ability with the bat, and beneficiant expertise in English circumstances.
Pattinson took 11 wickets at 24 within the latest Royal London One Day Cup and in addition chipped in with 64 runs at 21.
Then there’s Neser, who made his ODI debut in England final yr. Though not as potent with the ball as Hazlewood or Pattinson, he’s a bowling all-rounder, one thing which the Australians lack.
Neser averages 24 with the bat in Record A cricket and is coming off a career-best season with the blade within the Sheffield Protect, having made 481 runs at 44, together with 5 half centuries.
Ought to one of many Australian batsmen get injured, then the ‘A’ squad consists of potential replacements Peter Handscomb, Travis Head and D’Arcy Brief.
However the focus throughout Australia A’s one-day matches shall be squarely on the quicks, Hazlewood specifically.
Australia A 50-over squad: Travis Head (c), Mitch Marsh (vc) Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, D’Arcy Brief, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Sean Abbott, Andrew Tye.
Australia A 50-over fixtures
June 20 – Australia A vs Northamptonshire
June 23 – Australia A vs Derbyshire
June 25 – Australia A vs Worcestershire
June 30: Australia A vs Gloucestershire
July 2 – Australia A vs Gloucestershire