Australian and New South Wales paceman Josh Hazlewood is nearing full intensity training as he targets a return to cricket with the Blues in the JLT One-Day Cup ahead of a big summer of cricket.
Along with fellow Australian and Blues fast bowler, Pat Cummins, Hazlewood is recovering from a bone stress injury in the lower back and the JLT One-Day Cup during September and October is the target for both men.
“We’re about the same spot right now and … back end of the JLT Cup is probably the goal at this stage, and we’ll go from there,” Hazlewood said.
“We’re on pretty similar programs. I have been bowling the last few weeks with Pat and he’s looking good as well.”
Hazlewood said that he is now nearing full intensity after his return to bowling in the nets four weeks ago.
“Obviously I started off a couple of steps and now back to … about 90-95% and everything is pulling up well each time, and just slowly developing as the time goes on,” he said.
The 27-year-old from Tamworth will miss the upcoming Test series for Australia against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates during October and said he needed to take a cautious approach on the comeback trail.
“I mean with the start of the summer … you don’t want to push really hard for a tour and miss the rest of the summer.”
The return of both Hazlewood and Cummins will be a big boost for the Blues in their quest for a third One-Day domestic title in the last four seasons, which starts on 18 September against Western Australia at the WACA Ground.