Hazlewood could play against India as Aussies consider rotating ODI quicks
Australia will consider rotating Josh Hazlewood in for the second ODI against India on Friday as they try to look after their workhorse pacemen.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have played almost every international game this summer, sending down more than 2400 balls between them.
Josh Hazlewood is likely to come into the Australian side in place of Pat Cummins or Mitchell Starc.Credit:Getty Images
The pair bowled alongside fellow paceman Kane Richardson in Australia's big opening ODI win in Mumbai, with Hazlewood not selected.
But it appears fellow Test star Hazlewood might come in for Cummins or Starc in Rajkot, with the Aussies aware there is still a lot of cricket to play.
The move is also a huge vote of confidence for Richardson, who looks likely to play all three games in the series.
"Obviously, with back-to-back games and pretty quick – and a reasonably heavy Test load – I'm sure Josh will come in for one of them at some point," captain Aaron Finch said.
"Kane's death bowling has been outstanding for us.
"He gives us a little bit extra at the death. His wicket-taking ability all through the innings we've seen.
"It will be a mix and match, whether it's Patty or Starcy [who is rotated]."
Such a move would likely be Australia's only change for the second in the three-game series, with D'Arcy Short and Peter Handscomb again expected to miss out.
Any changes in the batting line-up would be extremely unlikely given only Finch and David Warner spent time in the middle on Tuesday, as they chased down 256 without loss.
But while much was made of their batting, Finch was just as impressed with the team's bowling.
Not one Aussie bowler went at more than a run a ball, as they pulled India back from 1-134 to have them all out for 255.
"They were brilliant," Finch said.
"We've seen in the past, when Shikhar [Dhawan] gets in, how damaging he can be. KL [Rahul] has been in great form.
"The fact the boys kept taking wickets through the middle part of the innings has been something we've been focusing on.
"Keeping as much pressure as you can on through that middle [is so important].
"Because you know if you don't get wickets up front or through the middle, it doesn't matter how well you bowl at the death – you're going to get punished."
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