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Hazlewood makes impressive BBL return in Coffs Harbour

06 January 2020

Josh Hazlewood at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.

Josh Hazlewood had not played a domestic or international T20 match for nearly four years, but for the 9,834 people at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, it was just another clinical bowling display from the frontline Australian fast bowler in his BBL return.

Returning from his recent hamstring injury and playing his first Big Bash match since 2014, Hazlewood claimed the solid figures of 1-18 from his four overs during a convincing seven-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday night. His final three overs went for just eight runs.

“Not a bad return. It’s a fast-paced game isn’t it? Took a little bit to get use to,” said Hazlewood.

“A little bit rusty in my first couple of overs, but it’s quite a lot of thinking, each ball has its own storyline.

“You have to think on your feet a bit and sort of sense what the batters are going to do, (it) keeps you switched on which is great.

Chasing 177 to win, wicketkeeper-batter Josh Philippe starred for the Sixers scoring 83 not out from 52 balls including four sixes.

Josh Philippe Innings Highlights

The Sixers made 3/180 in reply to 6/176. The victory kept the Sixers equal first on the BBL|09 ladder with the Melbourne Stars.

“A class act,” said Hazlewood praising Philippe.

“He’s learning every game and I think the way he batted today, it wasn’t all go, he ran hard, ran his ones and twos, knocked it around when he had to and obviously had the big shots, as we know he has.

“He’s a phenomenal talent and I think he’ll just keep getting better and better."

After the match, Hazlewood spent more than an hour signing autographs and meeting the local fans who had created such a special atmosphere on Sunday evening.

“Great turnout from Coffs. Coming from a regional area myself, it’s always great to get back to these places and see the kids, that don’t get to see us play very often.

“It’s awesome they came down and we had a packed house.”

 

The Sixers now travel to Adelaide where they will play the reverse fixture against the Strikers at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday afternoon.