Australia quick Josh Hazlewood believes that the conditions in his home country could give bowlers some respite during the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.
Australia will host the Men's T20 World Cup for the first time and Hazlewood thinks that the conditions and the size of the grounds could favour bowlers in a format that is usually merciless for them.
"It's probably a little bit better for the bowlers in a lot of regards," Hazlewood said about the conditions in Australia. "The outfields are bigger, the wickets have a bit more pace, [you can] use those boundaries to your advantage, depending where you are playing on the squad sometimes there are short and long boundaries."
Australia, who are the hosts and defending champions, haven't been at their best in the death overs of late, but Hazlewood believes the conditions could come into play there to favour the Aussies. He outlined the recent experience in India as a good one for his team ahead of the tournament.
"It was a great test to see where we're at. A number of guys got to bowl the end against probably the best hitters in the game on the fattest wickets and smallest boundaries," he said.
T20WC 2022 Fixtures
Click here to see the full fixtures for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.
"There's always stuff to work on – what fields you want at certain times, what balls you're bowling, how you're sequencing it. But there's no better practice than that and we will be better off for the run."
Australia play five more T20Is at home ahead of the tournament – a two-match series against West Indies and a further three games against England. Speaking about the competition in a tournament like this, Hazlewood said that the competition would be "cut-throat".
"It's very cut-throat and it probably adds to the excitement from ball one that it's game on and there's no warm ups. There's probably an extra level intensity for the tournament."
Share Your Thoughts!
Tell us what you think about the T20 Website and App for a chance to win prizes