Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has reckoned that the Australian team would love to start their campaign against India in Brisbane where they have an excellent record. Hazlewood hoped that the team would get enough game time with the red-ball before the India series later this year.
The Border-Gavaskar has a charm of its own, where two of the best teams in the world take on each other, making an entertaining watch for the spectators. With Virat Kohli at the helm, things have become even more exciting as both the teams try to outdo each other not only in skills but also in banters. Hence, in such a competitive series, which India won the last time they toured, Australia will be looking to make use of any advantage they can get and overturn the loss they suffered.
Echoing the same emotions, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood admitted that his teammates would ideally like to start the Test series in Brisbane, where Australia have not lost since 1988.
“Things are out of our control a bit at the moment. Obviously, we’d love to start in Brizzy with our great record there,” Hazlewood said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“We play well there and sort of get on a role, but this year will be a lot different. We love playing in Adelaide whether it’s red ball or pink and it’s always a great wicket.”
Hazlewood is among many Australian players, including fellow paceman Pat Cummins, who will head from the ongoing tour of England to the IPL, where he has a contract with Chennai Super Kings, before returning home in early or mid-November for the series against India. India is scheduled to tour Australia for a four-match Test series later this year.
Hazlewood hoped to get enough game time in red-ball cricket before the first Test against India. The pacer, who played his first T20I in four years on Tuesday, also added that he has adjusted to the game’s shortest format.
“The summer is becoming a bit clearer as the days go by and I’m sure we’ll get enough red-ball cricket before that first Test, whether it’s Australia versus Australia A or something like that,” he said.
“I feel comfortable in the format, have been working on a few things and they seem to be going well. Hopefully, I get a few games for Chennai this year and every time I get out there in T20 just keep taking the opportunity.”