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Josh Hazlewood refutes Rod Marsh’s prediction he needs break during West Indies series

Josh Hazlewood fields during an nets session at Blundstone Arena as the team prepares for the first Test against the West Indies. Photo: Robert CianfloneIt’s a perennial dilemma for ‘s band of fast bowlers – stamina versus science – and Josh Hazlewood is adamant he can push through all six Tests of the summer rather than be rested at some point of the West Indies series.

You won’t find too many players volunteering for a spell, of course, and the remaining member of ‘s frontline attack this year isn’t about to begin a trend of self-sacrifice despite suggestions from chief selector Rod Marsh that he would need a break.

If there was any logic in giving Hazlewood the game off in Hobart this week and instead setting him for the Boxing Day Test and Sydney Test – marquee occasions on the calendar – then he doesn’t see it.

“I definitely wouldn’t want to be rested for either of those last two games and especially not this one, the first against the West Indies,” Hazlewood said on Tuesday.

“I hope I can play all of them, depending on how much work load we have. If we can take these 20 wickets as quickly as possible I don’t see why I can’t play all three Tests.”

The ns themselves have appeared split on how to best manage the Adelaide man of the match’s input in the latter half of the Test summer. In the lead-up to this series Marsh, clearly wary of burnout with a two-Test tour of New Zealand to come in February, seemed to side with the number crunchers who analyse the bowlers’ workloads with funky graphs that measure their average number of balls delivered a week and aim to align it with the figure from the previous month.

The players tend to view things in more straight-forward terms, as does the coach Darren Lehmann, who is of the ”if you’re fit to play, you play” school and has said as much in contrast to Marsh’s forecast, pointing to Hazlewood being rested instead during ‘s one-dayers next month.

One might argue that given the strength of the opposition it doesn’t particularly matter who bowls for Steve Smith’s side against the West Indies over the four weeks – and Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile are also in the squad here – but if the example of Mitchell Starc’s resting from the Boxing Day Test three years ago is anything to go by, the so-called management of bowlers can be a prickly issue. Starc hadn’t played a Test at the MCG before – he still hasn’t – and was filthy about missing out then.

Asked about Marsh’s prediction that he would need a break during this series, Hazlewood replied on Tuesday: “I guess with my history of injuries that people are entitled to their opinion but I feel as good as I have through my career.

He added: “I think I showed last summer I bowled quite a few overs in the Tests I played and got through the majority of the winter tours as well. [I’m] feeling better the further I get in my career.

“You have got to be honest with the selectors and coach and Smithy. They value the fast bowlers’ opinions on how you feel as long as you are honest, it’s good communication to and fro. They take a lot from how the bowler feels and how the physio sees things.”

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