Australian spearhead Josh Hazelwood seemed to be unhappy with the continues batting collapses of his team during recently concluded India-Australia ODI series, where his team lost to hosts by a margin of 4-1.
Australia was in the commanding position during all five One-Day International matches, but they failed to capitalize on the crucial moments, which cost them the series. Hazelwood demanded more applications from the youngsters, which can reduce the workload on the shoulders of Steve Smith and David Warner.
He said, “When they put up those stats up of hundreds scored over the last three or four years, it really does show that Smith and Warner score the bulk of those. I think it’s a case of a couple of young guys standing up.”
The 26-year-old also backed Usman Khawaja to make a comeback for the Ashes, who was not a part of Bangladesh tour. “It’s going to be a big series for Usman Khawaja. He’s obviously fantastic on home soil, he’s very confident of his ability here. I think (Peter) Handscomb and (Matt) Renshaw can hopefully stand up and put some big scores on the board. Take that bit of pressure off the skipper and vice-captain,” he added.
Amidst, host Australia is favorites to reclaim Ashes later this year, but Hazelwood thinks England has the firepower to retain the urn. Though, he said that his team will try to have a crack at their batting weakness. “They’ve got a couple of experienced guys at the top with Root and Cook, but there are obviously some gaps there which are well documented. The extra pressure falls on Bairstow and Stokes, if he ends up coming, and senior bowlers,” stated Hazelwood.
“There are a few gaps there in the top-order that we can hopefully exploit and put that extra pressure on those experienced guys. Stokes adds some balance to the team but whether he comes out or not is out of our control,” he concluded.