Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood is looking forward to his maiden stint with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 after playing the first T20I in England following a long gap of 4 years in the format.
Hazlewood was bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for INR 2 crore in the player auction last December and is hoping to play a few matches during IPL 2020.
Hazlewood was part of recent three-match T20I series against England – Australia’s first international fixture since Coronavirus-forced shut down in March 2020. However, the pacer got the opportunity in the final T20I and returned with 1-23 from his four overs in his first T20I after 4 years.
Earlier, the Australian pacer was part of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL 2014 but he did not get the opportunity in a single game, but this IPL 13, he hopes for some game time in the UAE.
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Hazlewood told ANI during the virtual discussion: “It was good to be playing T20 cricket again for Australia. It’s been a long time that I played T20 cricket for Australia, however, I played few games in the Big Bash last year, I worked on a few things and it seems to be going pretty well, hopefully, I will get some games for Chennai this year, I would try to play well for the franchise every time I get an opportunity.”
The 29-year-old paceman is also looking forward to getting some early glimpse of future opponents and pick the brain of the Indian players ahead of the much-awaited Test series between the two sides.
Hazlewood signed off by saying, “It is going to be interesting playing with a few of the guys who we will come up against this summer. It would be good to get some insights as to how they think about the game, obviously, IPL is a different format.”
Noteworthy, India will tour Australia later this year to play a limited-overs series and four Test matches.
(With ANI Inputs)