Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has said that he believes fellow quickie Nathan Coulter-Nile can expose England’s batsmen ahead of the first Ashes Test starting on November 23 in Brisbane. England start their Ashes tour on Saturday (November 4) with a two-day match against a Western Australia XI side at the WACA. Coulter-Nile, will be captaining the WA XI team. Hazlewood, who will be making a return for NSW in the Shield following a side strain injury, hoped Coulter-Nile would cause some early psychological problems for England.
Hazlewood said, “I probably see it (Coulter-Nile playing for the WA XI) more as a positive. Maybe he can crack open a few guys early and create a few scars I guess in their top order and middle order. It will be their first real hit-out in Australia, that’s obviously their plan, to jump straight into it on the bounciest and quickest wicket. To have a guy like Coults there to warm them up and maybe create a few scars would be nice”.
Hazlewood also talked about testing the English batsmen with bouncers: “That’s why I always bowl when they’re bowling in the nets, I don’t have to face them. On that Gabba wicket, you always want to use it to its advantage. They’re not going to be scared of me or Nathan (Lyon), but the other two bowlers put fear into the batsmen. That’s part of their game, bowling fast and bowling short on occasions. They can take three or four really quick ones and really crack the game wide open”.
It will be the first time Hazlewood & Pat Cummins will take to the field at once. A visibly excited Hazlewood said, “We don’t really talk about it too much (playing together in Tests). I guess because it hasn’t happened,” he said. “It’s great to get both of them together and we’ve got a pretty good record when we’re all together.”