Josh Hazlewood will be playing his first T20I match against South Africa after two years on Sunday © Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood will be playing his first T20I match against South Africa after two years on Sunday © Getty Images

Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood has not received an opportunity to play for Twenty20 International (T20I) tournament for more than two years. As Australia play against South Africa in 2nd T20I match at Johannesburg, Hazlewood will be making a comeback to this format finally on Sunday. Australia have suffered five consecutive defeats in the T20 format and if they lose the match against South Africa on Sunday they may prove to be low streak in this format. The lack of wins in this format is a worrying sign as they have two more games against South Africa including the match on Sunday and warm-up match against West Indies before the match mega event ICC World T20 2016 begins on March 18 at Dharamsala against New Zealand. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd T20I at Johannesburg

The selectors are still playing around with the squad ahead of ICC World T20 2016 and looking to experiment which they did in the 1st T20I against South Africa in Durban bring David Warner down the order which was publicised. But with all-rounders and bowlers coming in the order of the team still remains under question. “It’s quite open for the entire team really,” Hazlewood told AAP. “But the quicks especially. Some of the guys have played a lot of T20 and some haven’t.” Hazlewood is part of the latter. It’s been more than two years since he has rolled the arm over in T20 at any level, as reported on cricket.com.au. “There will be a little bit of rust. Just bowling in the nets to the guys in Durban, they come pretty hard at you,” the 25-year-old said. READ: David Miller’s unbeaten half-century guides South Africa to 3-wicket win over

“It was a bit of an eye opener and a good reminder of how tough T20 is as a bowler.” Hazlewood sat out the three-wicket loss to the Proteas but is expected to play in Johannesburg and Cape Town before the 15-man squad flies out to India on Thursday. “I’m obviously coming off a pretty heavy couple of weeks in New Zealand and a couple of flights. If I was going to miss one then it probably makes sense for it to be the first,” the Test spearhead said. “This series is a really good opportunity to put your hand up and really stake a claim for the World Cup.” Hazlewood’s workloads worried team management throughout summer but he was rested for the majority of January.

The right-arm bowler whose career halted at the age of 19 due to series of injury is all set to juggle between all three formats. “I am pretty confident after the last two years. Touch wood,” he said. “I haven’t played a T20 in a long time. I’m pretty excited. Everything happens so fast. It’s a different challenge, definitely a big challenge, and I can’t wait.”