Josh Hazlewood is a professional Australian cricketer born on 8 January 1991 in Tamworth, New South Wales. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He was a part of Australia’s World Cup winning team in 2015.
The pacer is compared to his countryman and former cricketer Glenn McGrath. Hazlewood has a smooth run-up, a similar bowling action and accurately hits the right line and length.
Josh made his name in domestic circuits by becoming the youngest player to make his debut for New South Wales at the age of 17. In the same year, he also represented Australia in the U19 Cricket World Cup 2008.
He continues to play for the same state in the Sheffield Shield. His performances at the domestic level earned him a call-up into the national side a he became the youngest Australian to play an ODI.
Hazlewood made his international debut in an ODI against England on 22 June 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The visitors batted first and scored 267/7 in their 50 overs. Josh got the wicket of Craig Kieswetter as England chased down the target with 4 overs to spare.
His T20I debut came three years later at the Gabba in Brisbane against West Indies. He got the legendary T20 batsman Chris Gayle out for just 8, but they managed to set a target of 192. The Aussie batsmen weren’t up to the mark on the given day and lost the match by 27 runs.
The Gabba also saw Josh’s Test debut on 17 December 2014 against India. He got a five-wicket haul in the first innings that restricted the Indians to 408. Australia scored 505 in their first innings and Hazlewood struck twice in the second innings as well. The home side completed the 128-run target with 4 wickets in hand.
Rise to Glory
The youngster turned heads after his impressive Test debut. He picked up the wickets of stalwarts like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara (twice) and MS Dhoni (twice). He also scored an unbeaten 32 off just 50 balls in a 51-run partnership with Mitchell Starc for the last wicket. His match figures were 7/142. He has continued to impress in the longest format since then.
The snub from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is certainly a low point in a short career of the Australian pacer. He was named in the Australian squad predicted by a few cricket pundits and former cricketers before the official squad was announced. Also, his performances have not quite boosted his selection in the shortest format of the game.
Hazlewood plays for his state of New South Wales in the domestic First Class and List A competition from 2008. In the Big Bash League, he has been a part of the Sydney-based franchise Sydney Sixers since the year 2011 when they won the tournament in its inaugural edition.
Josh’s records at the international level
Hazlewood is one of the few cricketers to record a five-wicket in their debut Test innings. He picked 5/68 against India. He has the distinction of picking up the first wicket, first five-wicket haul and becoming the first Man of the Match in a Day/Night Test. He was a part of ICC’s World Test XI in 2015