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We’ll be alright without Watson: Hazlewood

Sydney Sixers pacer is confident someone will fill the all-rounder spot when he leaves

With three wins in as many games, the Sydney Sixers are the top team in CLT20 2012 so far. And a lot of the credit for their success should go to their formidable pace battery. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been taking turns to lead the team to victory.

Hazlewood, who picked up the important wickets of Alviro Petersen and Neil McKenzie against the Lions, spoke to clt20.com after the match. He talked about the camaraderie among the young pacers in the Sixers team and said that the team have what it takes to cope with the absence of Shane Watson, who is set to leave the team next week. 

Excerpts from his interview:

The Sydney Sixers are dominating this tournament so far. Is it because of your pace attack?

It seems so. We all bowl differently and it seems to be working well for the team and I think it will keep working throughout the tournament.

So, do your reckon the team with the best pace battery has an edge in this tournament?

The wickets certainly help fast bowlers, but every team has their own game plans based on their strengths. Ours is the pace attack. We also have some good spinners who haven’t had much of a bowl yet. I’m sure they will play a bigger part as the tournament goes on.

Is there a healthy competition among all three of you?

It’s good to have a very healthy competition in the dressing room. We also get along really well together off the field. The team enjoys having three young quicks on the field at the same time.

What’s your role in the bowling attack?

I got my four overs off fairly quickly. That’s what the plan has been and I really don’t mind it. I really like bowling on this wicket and it’s unfortunate we don’t have any more games here in this tournament.

Are the roles of all fast bowlers defined?

We don’t have any set plans. The captain just asks us to go out there and bowl as fast as we can and just enjoy. That’s what we do.
Is it enough to just bowl quick in T20s?

I think you have to have a bit of variety but on these wickets you just have to bowl back of a length and pepper a couple of slow balls here and there.

Is the team prepared for life after Shane Watson?

It will make a difference. He’s our main player and hopefully someone will take it upon himself to fill that spot. In T20 you should be ready to bat anywhere and I’m sure someone else will do a good job of opening the batting for us.

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