“But you can always just bowl a little bit less at training in those days leading into the Test.“There’s still a decent enough gap there.” Hazlewood has already picked the brains of Johnson, Harris and Siddle. The trio were all instrumental in the lopsided series that unfolded four years ago.
“It wasn’t just all about Mitch. He obviously got the rewards but, on any other day, Ryano could have got the 30-odd wickets,” he said.“Gaz (offspinner Nathan Lyon) is obviously going to be key in that talk as well. “Hopefully, we can mirror that ... keep that pressure building.”
Peter Handscomb grew up watching Ricky Ponting peel off centuries at the MCG.And like a generation of young Australian cricketers, he grew up idolising the man.But unlike most of his peers,
Handscomb was lucky enough to share a field with Australia’s greatest ever run-scorer. In fact, he got to do it three times.Little of note happened for either man the first time they came across each other, as opponents, in 2012.
JOSH Hazlewood will skip NSW’s Sheffield Shield opener but the star paceman is adamant he will be cherry ripe for the first Ashes Test.Hazlewood, who is recovering from a side strain, has been a near-constant presence in Australia’s bowling attack in recent years.Before returning home from the tour of Bangladesh, the reliable right-armer had played every Test since the 2015 Ashes in England.
He plans on playing rounds two and three of the Shield season before the five- Test series against England starts on November 23 in Brisbane. “The side is really good. I’ve been off the full run the last three or four sessions, so getting back to 100 per cent. I’m probably about 85-90 per cent,” Hazlewood said on Tuesday.
“I don’t think they will get that involved. To come out with those sort of comments is not needed,” Trescothick, who scored 431 runs during England’s historic 2005 Ashes victory, told BBC Sport.“There’s always the hype that comes around before the Ashes,
so I don’t think it’s something the players will be drawn into.“I think it will just be a good distraction, hopefully, for Australia and they can get caught up in the war of words.“I think it’s pathetic.” The angry response came three days after Warner laid his cards on the table. “As soon as you step on that line it’s war,” Warner told ABC Radio on Sunday.