[caption id="attachment_819751" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-819751" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Josh-Hazlewood-Cricket-Australia.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="407" /> Hazlewood, a vital cog in the Australian wheel, was diagnosed with a back injury in January that him miss the Australia s Tests against Sri Lanka and the limited-overs tours to India and the UAE. @ Cricket Australia[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>While <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> are still sweating over the fitness of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jhye-richardson/">Jhye Richardson</a>, who dislocated his shoulder and was forced to fly back home during the ongoing series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a>, the defending <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> champions can heave a sigh of relief with another pacer, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/josh-hazlewood/">Josh Hazlewood</a> confirming on Tuesday that he will be fit in time for the global event which gets underway May 30. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-2019-3rd-odi-australia-on-cusp-of-series-pakistan-desperate-819641">3rd ODI: Australia on cusp of series, Pakistan desperate</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Hazlewood, a vital cog in the Australian wheel, was diagnosed with a back injury in January that him miss the Australia s Tests against Sri Lanka and the limited-overs tours to India and the UAE. <p></p> <p></p>"When the squad gets announced I'll probably be 65-70 per cent (fit) and I've still got a good four or five weeks from that date to get ready to play one-day cricket," Hazlewood said on the latest episode of The Unplayable Podcast. <p></p> <p></p>"We head up to Brisbane early May, there's a couple of games against New Zealand I believe I don't think I'll be fit for those but the one-day warm-up games in England I think I'll be right. Cutting it a little bit close I guess but pretty confident." (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/mark-taylor-ian-chappell-ian-healy-question-cricket-australias-ball-tampering-review-819717">Taylor, Chappell, Healy question Cricket Australia s ball-tampering review</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Hazelwood said he returned to bowling last week and is on track to be named in Australia's World Cup squad, which will be unveiled by April 23. <p></p> <p></p>Australia will face New Zealand side at Allan Border Field as part of their World Cup preparations, with two official warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka scheduled ahead of their first match against Afghanistan on June 1. <p></p> <p></p>Hazlewood also revealed that fellow pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mitchell-starc/">Mitchell Starc</a> has returned to bowling after suffering a pectoral injury in the Canberra Test against Sri Lanka. "He (Starc) looks fine, he started bowling as well this week. He's coming off not as big a break as me so won't take him long to get up and running, Hazlewood said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/selectors-will-have-a-massive-headache-to-pick-the-australia-icc-world-cup-2019-squad-nathan-lyon-819180">Selectors will have a massive headache to pick the World Cup squad: Nathan Lyon</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"It's quite an unusual injury but someone who is so flexible like Mitch those things can happen. He seems to be heading in the right direction." <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, Richardson is <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-2019-dislocated-shoulder-sends-jhye-richardson-home-from-uae-819060">facing a race against time</a> to ensure he s World Cup ready. "He obviously didn't read the 'fast bowlers' code of no diving'," said Hazlewood. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-2019-dislocated-shoulder-sends-jhye-richardson-home-from-uae-819060">Dislocated shoulder sends Jhye Richardson home from UAE</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"You hate seeing that with any player especially a young quick who has probably had the best summer of his life so far. In every format he's done the business."