Thursday, June 10, 2010
Hazlewood fast-tracked into the Australian squad and Bell getting a recall
I have seen a bit of Hazlewood, but that was in the under 19 world cup at Malaysia and in the Kiwiland respectively. I do remember him looking like a giant in front of dwarfs in Malaysia and as expected getting bounce. He surely has the potential as he can bowl a heavy ball and has decent control for a 19 year old quick. As expected, I have seen a few comparing him with McGrath which is nothing new as nowadays, every promising tall quick bowler is compared to McGrath, but if I have to compare him with someone, I would say that he bowls more like the underrated quick from WA Jo Angel. He may straightaway not make his mark at the international level, but I would be surprised if he doesn't lead the Australian attack in the future.
I also see that Bell has been recalled back into the side. Yes, he has been doing well for his county, Warwickshire, but can he score quickly at the international level? I have my doubts over it. Actually, I just can't fathom the revolving door policy of England's selectors, as sometimes Cook is picked, sometimes Trott is picked and he can feel a bit hard done by as he was reasonably good in South Africa and now Bell has been recalled. The fact of the matter is, in modern times, a score of 300 has become a regular feature yet, the above mentioned players have strike rates in low 70's and England are going to play a world cup in the subcontinent with batsmen needing to play more lofted shots. It is also interesting to see that Prior has been dropped. He too can count himself unlucky, but Kieswetter can score quickly and also get useful scores. Of course, I can't write any article without discussing about the undroppable Siders. He averages almost 36 in one-day cricket and has a grand average of 75.6 in his last nine matches.
Finally, it is always great to watch a young promising quick bowl and I would surely look forward to seeing Hazlewood bowl in the onedayers.