Sydney - Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood is expected play for his
State side in a four-day match this week as he steps his preparation for the
first Ashes Test against England.
Hazlewood returned to action in club cricket last weekend
after being out with a side strain he picked up in the Test series against
Bangladesh in August.
The 26-year-old will now play for New South Wales against
Western Australia in a four-day Sheffield Shield clash in Sydney starting on
Hazlewood will be joined in the New South Wales attack by
fellow Australia pacers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, as well as Aussie
spinner Nathan Lyon.
If he gets through the Western Australia game unscathed,
Hazlewood will play for the his domestic side in their next Shield match
against Queensland from 13 November, which would give him two first-class
matches under the belt before the Ashes gets underway on the 23rd of this
Australia physio David Beakley said of Hazlewood:
"Until he suffered the side strain, ultimately we wanted him playing the
first Shield game like the other boys.
"He hasn't played that match but he played Premier
(cricket last weekend), is expected to play this week.
"If he still gets a couple of Shield games in it's
pretty good preparation."
Cummins and Starc, who played for New South Wales in their
opening Shield clash last week, are not expected to play the third game as they
will be rested before the first Ashes Test.