Josh Hazlewood suffered a side strain during the Bangladesh tour in August and has since been struggling to gain full fitness    Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood suffered a side strain during the Bangladesh tour in August and has since been struggling to gain full fitness Getty Images

Barely a month remembers for The Ashes to get underway, from November 27. At this crucial juncture Josh Hazlewood is facing a tough fitness test. He had suffered a side strain during the Bangladesh tour in August and has since been struggling to gain full fitness. He is likely to miss the opening match for New South Wales against South Australia in the Sheffield Shield at Adelaide on October 27. Hazlewood is a crucial part the much-vaunted Australian pace troika, alongside Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. With Starc and Cummins struggling for fitness as well, the selectors will have a tough job on their hands as the selection dates draw near ahead of the big Australian summer. Ashes 2017-18: CA asks fans to help AUS #BeatEngland

You d much rather play one or two [games] I guess, then freshen up in that third week. But you can always just bowl a little bit less at training in those days leading into the Test. There s still a decent enough gap there. The side is really good. I ve been off the full run the last three or four sessions, so getting back to 100%. I m probably about 85-90%. The timing was a bit unfortunate but it s given me a chance to freshen up and get some good work in the gym and on the running track. I m feeling nice and fit. It ll be good to put everything together in club cricket – bowl 10-12 overs; field for a couple of hours, said Hazlewood, as reported by ESPNCricinfo. Ashes 2017-18: CA to release commemorative film series

Hazlewood also spoke on Australia s success against England during the 2013-14 Ashes. He credited a balanced Australian bowling for the success: It wasn t just all about Mitch [Mitchell Johnson]. He obviously got the rewards but, on any other day, Ryno [Ryan Harris] could have got the 30-odd wickets. Gaz [Nathan Lyon] is obviously going to be key in that talk as well. Hopefully we can mirror that.