Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said on Monday he was “a little concerned” about a coronavirus outbreak at his Indian Premier League franchise, but insisted he was fully focused on the national team’s white ball tour through England. Hazlewood is part of the Australian squad that will face 50-over world champions England in three Twenty20 and three one-day internationals from September 4-16.
After his stint in Australia, 29-year-old Hazlewood is heading to the United Arab Emirates, hosting this year’s edition of the lucrative IPL T20 franchise tournament due to Covid-19, and playing for the Chennai Super Kings led by India’s great MS Dhoni.
But IPL officials have reported that 13 Super Kings personnel, including two players, tested positive for coronavirus during tests conducted August 20-28 and have been isolated.
“The franchise, we have a group of WhatsApp, with all the information coming through, it is of course a bit of a concern, yes,” Hazlewood told reporters during a conference call from Australia’s training base in Southampton on Monday.
“Ideally you shouldn’t have any cases.
“They are clearly in quarantine now and I think they will be ready in the coming days. At the moment my focus is obviously on this tournament. As soon as that IPL gets closer, we will think more about it.”
The Australian squad is currently in a bio-secured bubble in Southampton, the venue for a T20 series starting Friday, before traveling to Manchester for the one-day matches.
Several international parties have already toured England this season, with Hazlewood saying: “Of course they’ve already got through the West Indies, Pakistan and England, ironed out a few kinks, I suspect. We probably spend more time together than we normally do. , which is a good thing. “
Hazlewood played 51 Tests and 48 ODIS, but appeared in only seven Twenty20 internationals, the last against India at Mohali in 2016.
Nonetheless, Hazlewood, who won 1-33 in seven overs on Sunday in a warm-up match within the squad in Southampton on Sunday when a Pat Cummins XI beat an Aaron Finch XI, still has hopes of breaking into the Twenty20 team ahead of the T20 next year. World Cup in India.
“I’m pretty aware of where I’m rough,” he said. “The team keeps winning and the boys are doing well, especially the bowling alley.”
England beat Australia in the semi-final of last year’s World Cup and beat New Zealand in a thrilling final at Lord’s.
They remain a formidable white ball, as they showed when, with captain Eoin Morgan top scoring 66, they chased a stiff 196 goal to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the second T20 international at Old Trafford on Sunday.
England could include Joe Root and Jos Buttler in naming their team for the Australia Series later Monday, after keeping their Test and Limited Overs squads in separate ‘bubbles’ this season.
“They had a good chase against Pakistan, so they know their role and their white ball team is as good as ever,” said Hazlewood.
When asked who stood out for him lately, Hazlewood pointed out two hitters: “It’s probably some of the new guys I haven’t seen much: Tommy Banton, Dawid Malan – I’ve seen him, but he’s in the run. again.
“Eoin Morgan runs a really good ship in the white ball business.
“It’s a tough performance … England is currently flying. It’s always difficult here, but we expect to win every game we play.”
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