Ashes 2019: Pacer Josh Hazlewood feels that the Australian side has all bases covered for Lord's Test

Josh Hazlewood feels that the selectors have done the right thing by picking six pacers in the squad for the Ashes tour. Here's what he said ahead of the second Test at Lord's
Ashes 2019: Pacer Josh Hazlewood feels that the Australian side has all bases covered for Lord's Test
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England and Australia will face off against each other in the second Ashes Test at the Mecca of Cricket on 14th August. Ahead of the Test Australia seam bowler Josh Hazlewood believes that the pitch for the upcoming Test will provide more assistance to the pace bowlers.

He said, "I think there'll be a little bit more in it, but in saying that, probably their best exponent Jimmy's not going to play. So that might weigh up different options, but I think there'll be more in it, maybe just to try to get Smithy out. But him batting on those sort of tracks is very hard work. I think it suits us as much as them if there is more in the wicket, so we'll weigh it up. If it’s a dry wicket where reverse swing might come into play, or it's a very flat, then someone like Mitch Starc can come into play. If it’s nice and green and seaming around, then it’s myself and Sidds."

He also praised the selectors for having all bases covered in the lead-up to the biggest Test series of the year. "I think the selectors have definitely gone a different way to 2015 and I think that's purely because of how tight the Tests are. That's why we've got six quicks here and anyone can do a job on any given day. We've got three guys with proper air speed and three guys who seam and swing a little bit. I think that's what they have got six quicks for, to have all bases covered. And I guess it's just who's bowling best at that particular time leading into the Test, and who gets the nod. I think every quick really feels the pressure of the other five and vice versa, and it is great competition to have in the squad."

Steve Smith's twin hundreds helped Australia beat England by 251 runs in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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