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Hazlewood feeling fresh for Boxing Day Test

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Josh Hazlewood wants the Boxing Day Test to finish quickly but Australia’s spearhead knows patience will be key at the MCG.

Team management have been concerned about Hazlewood’s workloads since the first Test against New Zealand finished.

The NSW paceman may need to be rested for his home Test, the SCG series finale against West Indies.

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However, if the hosts crush the tourists inside three days at the MCG – as they did in the first Test in Hobart – then Hazlewood will be better placed to achieve his goal of playing all six Tests this summer.

“I’m feeling the same as I have before every other Test this summer. The body is feeling really good,” Hazlewood said on Christmas Eve.

“We obviously had a pretty decent break after Hobart.

“I’m feeling good. These two Tests (Melbourne and Sydney) are back to back but we’ll play it by ear and see how I go after this Test.”

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The paceman took nine wickets in the Adelaide Test against New Zealand earlier this month.

Hazlewood knows it would be foolish to bowl at the MCG with a mindset of wanting the second Test to be over as quickly as possible.

“Probably the more you try to wrap a game up quickly, you get impatient and get a bit greedy. You look to go after wickets,” he said.

“As a bowling group the way we started in Tassie I think was perfect, nice and patient and built that pressure.

“Then the wickets came, so I think we’ll be looking to do that again.”

Hazlewood is yet to discuss the prospect of being rested with coach Darren Lehmann or any member of the team’s support staff.

“There hasn’t been too much talk really,” he said.

“We’re always monitoring, everyone really – the quicks in particular.”

But the 24-year-old took confidence from the fact he only bowled 28.3 overs in Hobart, where Australia cruised to victory on day three.

“It really helped us (pacemen),” he said.

“To have that extra long break, get some strength back in and recovery as well.”

“All the quicks are good to go.”

-AAP

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