Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has not played a T20 for his country since the World T20 in 2016 has said that he wants to cement his place in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year.
Hazlewood has not gotten a consistent run of games in white-ball cricket for a while now, not having played 10 matches without a Test being thrown in between. But Australia has a busy period of white ball cricket coming up, something Hazlewood hopes he can use to get momentum on his side.
"You don't often get that period of white-ball cricket in a row," Hazlewood told the Australian Associated Press.
"I want to try and get back in the team and cement myself in there. It's been a while since those periods.
"But it absolutely helps (playing chunks of white-ball cricket). You get in the rhythm of playing that format. Whether it's one-day or T20, it's a lot different to Test cricket.
"A couple of years ago, I was really entrenched in the team. I guess through resting after a Test series and not playing one-day series, you give other people opportunities.
"Then it's hard to force your way back in sometimes. It's certainly a goal (to play in the World Cup)."
Australia are focused on putting up a good performance in the T20 World Cup which will be held on home soil. All three of their frontline fast bowlers – Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc – were taken on last week's tour of India to give them enough match practice before the tournament.
"There are still some tight turnarounds and, when you bust yourself playing Tests, it's sometimes very easy to say, 'I'll miss this series and get ready for the next one'," Hazlewood said.
"But the next one is after another Test series and then it's just a flow-on effect that keeps happening."