Injured Aussie pacer Hazlewood wishes to be back for World Cup

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Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood, who is going through a back injury, is likely to return in time for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, beginning May 30 in England and Wales.

Hazlewood has been relaxed since the Sydney Test against India in January when he re-aggravated a back stress fracture that had carried him out for six months last year.

ICC quoted Hazlewood, as saying on Thursday. “I think we will know a lot more after tomorrow (as follow-up scans will provide a clearer picture), to be honest. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we will start working through it,”.

“Hopefully, it is going along to plan. Everything feels fine, so training’s coming along nicely, progressing every week. I think we will just work back from the World Cup, really, and make sure everything’s right for that, which gives me plenty of time,” he further said.

However, Hazlewood is confident that the warm-up matches ahead of the World Cup would be sufficient for him to get back in form.

“I have not played too much one-day cricket in the last 12 to 18 months, which is a bit frustrating, a bit of a shame. We have got three games in Brisbane in May against New Zealand, and then three in England once we get over there. That is quite enough to be ready, I think, so I will be happy with where I am at,” he said.

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The much-anticipated World Cup 2019 is set up to take place from May 30 to July 14 in Wales and England. Australia will kick off their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.