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Michael Clarke wants Hazlewood to concentrate on getting ready for the Ashes, saying, "I don't know why he's over playing IPL." Sports last updated on May 2nd, 2023 at 14:48 IST

Michael Clarke, a former Australian captain, disapproves of Josh Hazlewood's choice to play in the current IPL 2023, saying the bowler should be concentrating on getting ready for the World Test Championship final and the Ashes.
Hazlewood made a triumphant comeback to cricket action after missing almost four months due to an Achilles injury. He bowled three overs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL encounter against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and finished with fantastic statistics of 2/15.
During a Test match in Sydney in January, Hazelwood suffered an Achilles injury and hasn't played in any format of the game since.
He was originally chosen for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, but halfway through the series he was returning home to complete his recovery from an Achilles injury.
Hazlewood's quest to prove his physical fitness for Australia's impending six-Test tour to England, which includes the World Test Championship Final and the Ashes, will start with his return to the IPL.
The Australian team's roster for the first part of their campaign in England only had four specialised pacemen, including the 32-year-old.
While Hazlewood's use of the IPL to increase his bowling loads was applauded by national selectors, Clarke feels that the pacer should be in Australia where he can focus on red-ball cricket.
“I'm not sure why he's playing IPL so often. According to Clarke, who was reported by Fox Cricket, “I don't know why he isn't over here in Australia getting ready to play Test match cricket.
“I know they'll have people over there, and he'll be bowling more in the nets than the IPL players are,” said the speaker.
But given his history of injuries and extended absences from Test cricket, I'm not sure whether bowling three or four overs right now is the ideal way for him to prepare for an Ashes series.
Without a doubt, it's great to see him playing again. However, Australian Test cricket fans want to witness him at his very best during this Ashes series, according to Clarke.
Clarke emphasised that players would find it difficult to decline the opportunity to compete in the IPL due to the tournament's significant financial commitment. He wasn't sure whether Cricket Australia ought to have stepped in and stopped Hazlewood from taking part in the T20 competition.
They can do it right now. They have the power to stop you from moving. However, it's India. Are you serious? Nobody is rejecting India, he said.
There is nothing Cricket Australia can do, he said, “unless they are going to say, 'OK, the IPL has just given you $3 million for eight weeks… we'll pay you that $3 million you remain here and train with us.

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