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have received a boost with injured fast bowling spearheads Josh
Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc resuming bowling this week and on track to
be fit for their Cricket World Cup defence.
Hazlewood has been sidelined since January with a back injury, while
Starc pulled out of Australia's Twenty20 and one-day tour of India last
month with a "substantial" muscle tear.
The pair's return to the nets is timely after Jhye Richardson
returned home this week from Australia's one-day series against Pakistan
with a dislocated shoulder.
"When the squad gets announced I'll probably be 65-70 percent and
I've still got a good four or five weeks from that date to get ready to
play one-day cricket," Hazlewood said in a Cricket Australia podcast.
Australia's World Cup squad must be named by April 23 with the tournament starting on May 30 in England.
The team will have a training camp in Brisbane in early May and are
expected to play some warm-up games against New Zealand before heading
"I don't think I'll be fit for those but the one-day warm-up games in England I think I'll be right," said Hazlewood.
Starc, the 2015 World Cup player of the tournament, is also faring
well in his comeback since picking up the injury during the second Test
against Sri Lanka in early February.
"He (Starc) looks fine, he started bowling as well this week," Hazlewood said.
"He's coming off not as big a break as me so won't take him long to
get up and running. He seems to be heading in the right direction."