Nathan Coulter-Nile would mostly open bowling with Hazlewood in  ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images
Nathan Coulter-Nile would mostly open bowling with Hazlewood in ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images

Josh Hazlewood suggested that the experience from Indian Premier League (IPL) for most of the Australians will be a boon for them ahead of ICC World T20 2016 in India. India where spin works more will be a test for the Australian fast bowlers to make an impact in the World Cup. “A couple of grounds we’re playing at do help the quicks a bit. They’re probably as close to Australian conditions as you can get in India,” Hazlewood added. Australia play one warm-up match before entering the Super-10 stage of the World T20. They face West Indies at Eden Gardens on Sunday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies, warm-up match of ICC World T20 2016 at Kolkata

According to cricket.com.au, Hazlewood added, “A lot of the guys have played quite a few years in the IPL. They know the conditions as well as anybody. The IPL really helps you improve in the subcontinent. I didn’t play for the Mumbai Indians but it was great to be part of their squad for the best part of two months. I learned a lot from those guys. Talking to senior Indian bowlers and even batters, finding out what they look for.”

Hazlewood will want the likes of John Hastings and Nathan Coulter-Nile to perform well in order to strengthen the side’s bowling attack, especially in the absence of their spearhead Mitchell Starc.

Coulter-Nile who would mostly open bowling with Hazlewood in Australia’s opening match against New Zealand in Group B of Super-10 stage of ICC World T20 2016, said, “I don’t think anyone’s concerned about the conditions. Obviously it’s Indian conditions, so they’ve got an advantage. We’ve all got enough experience there so I don’t think that’s holding any demons for us.”