Hazlewood happy to be consistent support

Australia

Ahead of the upcoming Ashes, Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood is happy to be the team's 'consistent' bowler in their pace attack that includes two left-arm tearaways Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc.

Since making his Test debut against India in December, Hazlewood has taken 24 wickets in just five matches that he has played in the longest format, even being voted man of the series in their last series in the West Indies.

The 24 year-old just sticks to the basics of bowling line and length at 130-140km and is happy to share the attack with Starc and Johnson, who regulary hit the 150km mark.

Hazlewood said: "Early on, I used to get two or three wickets in an innings or four for the game – I never got that five-wicket haul.

"I think it was just being young and trying to get the batsman out every ball, rather than bowling that line and setting him up.

"As a young bloke, you're just trying to tear in and bowl as fast as you can all the time, so I thought about that for a while and it started clicking to bowl within myself.

"You end up taking more wickets with that (effort ball) because … because they're getting used to that other pace."

Hazlewood is likely to start to be in the starting team for the first Test against England in Cardiff starting on 8 July as Ryan Harris is struggling with a sore knee.

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