Last Update on: September 12th, 2023 at 02:43 pm
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood believes that Mitchel Starc and Pat Cummins will be back to the squad ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are not part of the ongoing Australia vs South Africa series.
They are injured and undergoing recovery. In their absence, Mitchell Marsh is leading the Australian team in the SA vs AUS ODI series. Australia has got a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
I Expect Mitchell Starc And Pat Cummins To Be Back Before ICC World Cup 2023: Josh Hazlewood
While speaking to reporters, Josh Hazlewood said he believes Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will be back to the squad before ICC World Cup 2023. He also feels that they will be available for the ODI series against India later this month.
“I expect with Mitch [Mitchell Starc] and [ Pat Cummins] back, we’ll probably share the first 10 overs between us more often than not.
“With Mitch and Pat coming in hopefully for the India series before the World Cup, there’s still a lot of games to go, no doubt the quicks will play a huge part not only here but at the World Cup as well,” Hazlewood said.
The right-arm pacer also added that it’s a great experience to share the stage with youngsters in the ongoing SA vs AUS ODI series.
“It’s definitely great to have some younger guys here pushing us and getting some match experience and creating that depth within the squad,” he said.
In the absence of Cummins and Starc, pacers like Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, and Aaron Hardie have led the attack for Australia in the ongoing series against South Africa.
Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood are the prime pacers for the Australian team. The trio have led the pace attack for Australia for the last few years.
Pat Cummins is also the ODI and Test skipper. He will lead the team in the ICC World Cup 2023. Ahead of the tournament, Australia will also face India in a three-match ODI series later this month.
Australia has won the first two ODI games in the series. SA vs AUS 3rd ODI is set to take place on September 9 at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein). The series comprises 5 games.