Sydney - Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood said on Friday he is ready
to let rip in the Ashes Test series opener with England despite having just one
first-class match as preparation.
Hazlewood heads into the first Brisbane Test on November 23
on the back of a solitary Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales.
But the quick looks in good nick after taking match figures
of six for 73 against Western Australia from a total of 33 overs.
Hazlewood will finalise his Test preparations by working out
alongside fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird in Brisbane
ahead of the Ashes opener.
"Things went pretty well the whole game,"
Hazlewood told reporters.
"From ball one I was pretty surprised with how well the
ball was coming out, how good the run-up felt, how good everything (was) in
"I'm pretty happy with where it's at now so I don't
think there's a need to play another game.
"I'm ready to go now and we obviously talk with the
coaches and selectors and physios, everyone is on the same page and ready to
Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins bowled to Australia's two top
batsmen, skipper Steve Smith and David Warner, in the Sydney Cricket Ground
nets in a session full of intensity on Friday.
Things got testy with left-armer Starc forcing Smith to duck
for cover several times.
"It's always good fun and they (Smith and Starc) are
two world-class players, so it always keeps you on your toes and makes sure you
get everything out of the session," Hazlewood said.
"That's what they're always like.
"They're always into each other and Patty (Cummins) and
I just do our thing.
"It's pretty easy to fire Starcy up, so Smithy takes it
"There's no real 'going through the motions' when
you're bowling at those two (Smith and Warner)."