Josh Hazlewood: ‘I hardly watch any cricket. Do I like it? I like playing it’

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Exclusive: The world’s No 1 T20 bowler spent years away from the format but will be crucial to Australia’s World Cup defence

A smile plays upon the edges of Josh Hazlewood’s mouth. This, to be clear, is not a fleeting reaction to some momentary amusement, but a more or less permanent feature. Over the course of a couple of conversations, one in Canberra and the other a few days later in Brisbane, it is almost always there – the smile of a man who seems to have cracked the T20 code.

Hazlewood’s rise in this format has been very recent and bewilderingly rapid. For most of the 31-year-old’s career he was assumed to be terrible at it, and having made his T20 international debut in 2013 he played nine games for his country over the next eight years.

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Written by Simon Burnton in Perth
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/19/josh-hazlewood-t20-world-cup-australia-cricket under the title “Josh Hazlewood: ‘I hardly watch any cricket. Do I like it? I like playing it’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.