Australia receives boost ahead of World Cup with pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood on path towards recovery

Australia 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 World Cup defence.

Agence France-Presse, Mar 28, 2019 15:52:02 IST

Sydney: Australia 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 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.

Australia receives boost ahead of World Cup with pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood on path towards recovery

File image of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. AFP

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 23 April with the tournament starting on 30 May 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 to Britain.

"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.

Updated Date: Mar 28, 2019 15:52:02 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254