Hazlewood: Bowlers ready for leadership roles

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood feels that any one of the established Test bowling attack could be candidates for the vice-captaincy.

The selectors have yet to name a deputy to Tim Paine but have several months before the next Test assignment for the Baggy Green.

The quick feels that the bowlers are natural choices for leadership roles whereas the batsmen are largely an inexperienced group.

Hazlewood, speaking to News Corp, said: “A lot of the batters are starting off or at different parts of their careers.

“The bowling attack is steady and we’ve all pretty much cemented our spots in the team.”

Hazlewood feels that whether he has a title next to his name or not he will be a leader in the Test set up.

“I think leadership comes pretty naturally to me,” said Hazlewood.

“Even over the last couple of years, it’s become a very different team to when I started and I’ve become a leader pretty early on in my career.

“Whether the VC title is next to our name isn’t going to change too much with how we go about things as a bowling unit working with Painey … but we’re obviously open to it and we’ll see what happens.”