Josh Hazlewood is appreciative of the break he's been given but is looking to come back all guns blazing against New Zealand © Getty Images (File Photo)
Josh Hazlewood is appreciative of the break he’s been given but is looking to come back all guns blazing against New Zealand © Getty Images (File Photo)

Josh Hazlewood has been rested from the entire series against India in order to keep him fresh for what promises to be a challenging tour of New Zealand where Australia will play the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in the One-Day International (ODI) format and a two-Test series. Hazlewood being rested against India in the T20Is means he has missed out on a potential opportunity to prove his worth in that to national selectors with the ICC World T20 2016 looming in the horizon. Hazlewood intends to make up for this loss of opportunity by excelling in the ODI series against the Kiwis. ALSO READ: Josh Hazlewood rested for the remaining ODIs and T20 series

Hazlewood also admitted that Australia’s tour of New Zealand will not be a walk in the park and indicated that Australia will have to be at their very best to try and win the series. “It’s going to be really tough in both formats to beat New Zealand at home,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “They play some really good cricket there, as we found in that World Cup game at Eden Park,” he added.

Hazlewood is appreciative of the break he has received following back to back series against New Zealand and West Indies at home”It doesn’t sound much but 10 or 12 days of no bowling does really help,” he said.

About an opportunity to impress selectors in time for the ICC World T20 2016, Hazlewood says that a good performance in ODIs will be considered by selectors. “You use that ODI format so if you do well in that they (selectors) take a look at you for T20s,” Hazlewood said. “Any time you get the opportunity to perform and perform well it’s going to go in your favour. “I enjoy (T20) and have done reasonably well over the years for the (Sydney) Sixers.”