Josh Hazlewood and Shane Watson
Josh Hazlewood and Shane Watson (Picture Supply: Twitter)

Former all-rounder Shane Watson has heaped praises on Australia’s frontline pacer Josh Hazlewood and gone on to say that the latter’s emergence as a T20 bowler has utterly taken him without warning. On the similar time, Watson additionally reckons that the tall speedster should now be thought of Australia’s greatest quick bowler within the shortest format.

Hazlewood had made his T20I debut method again in 2013, however principally remained out and in of the aspect for this format and was solely within the scheme of issues for Assessments and One Day Internationals. Nonetheless, constant performances within the final yr together with two IPL seasons and taking part in an integral function in Australia’s first and solely T20 World Cup triumph within the UAE final yr have made Hazlewood one of many beautiful bowlers in T20s.

I at all times thought Josh Hazlewodd was only a Take a look at and one-day bowler: Shane Watson

“It has been superb to see Josh Hazlewood’s evolution as a T20 bowler,” Watson informed Isa Guha on the newest episode of The ICC Overview.

“I at all times thought he was only a Take a look at and one-day bowler as a result of he didn’t have that many defensive choices in T20 cricket, however he has developed tremendously over the previous couple of years”, he added.

“And proper now he’s Australia’s greatest T20 quick bowler, there is no such thing as a query”, stated the veteran all-rounder.

Hazlewood was the fourth-highest wicket-taker of the T20 World Cup 2021 as he completed with 11 wickets. He had gone into that showpiece occasion after a outstanding efficiency within the previous IPL 2021 the place he registered 11 wickets from 9 matches and performed an instrumental function in CSK’s fourth title triumph.

The Aussie pacer additionally went on to have an impressive IPL 2022 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In truth, he was their most constant pacer as he registered 20 scalps to his identify from the 12 video games that he received to function in. RCB did reach breaking the Eliminator jinx after two unsuccessful makes an attempt within the 2020 and 2021 editions, however couldn’t go the space as their marketing campaign ended after a seven-wicket loss to the eventual runners-up Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2.