Josh Hazlewood is one of the best fast bowlers in the world and he is the number 1 ODI bowler in the world. Josh Hazlewood has been playing cricket for a number of years and he is entering the later stages of his career. Josh Hazlewood has played 63 Test Matches in his career and in those Matches he has taken 238 wickets. He has taken these wickets at an average of 26.23. He has 10 Five Wicket Hauls in test cricket. He also has played in 76 T20I Matches and he has taken 120 Wickets at an average of 26.35. He has taken a total of 358 international wickets so far in his career.
Let’s look at the Top 5 Best Bowling Performances of Josh Hazlewood
1) 5/68 vs India (2014)
This was the first test match for Josh Hazlewood and this was the first innings he was bowling in test cricket. He got a 5 wicket haul in the first innings he bowled in. He took 5 wickets for 68 runs and immediately gave a statement to the world that he had arrived. Josh Hazlewood Bowled 23.2 overs and he gave away less than 4 Runs per over. Josh Hazlewood showed that he would play for Australia for a long time and due to a result of this great performance Australia won this match by 4 wickets.
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2) 6/70 vs New Zealand (2015)
This was one of the best bowling performances by Josh Hazlewood in his test career. This was in a Test Match against New Zealand and he took 3 Wickets In the first innings as well. However, he bowled his best in the second innings as he took 6 wickets for 70 runs in 24.5 overs and he gave under 3 runs per over. Josh Hazlewood was at his best and he helped New Zealand get to only 208 runs and Australia won this test match by 3 Wickets. Josh Hazlewood was early in his career and the only way he could go was up and he has made good on all his potential.
3) 5/48 vs England (2017)
This was one of his best performances in his test career because this came against England and any performance against England was a special one in test cricket. He had taken 3 Wickets for 92 runs in the first innings as well and he knew what line and lengths to bowl in the second innings. In the second Batting innings of England he bowled 18 overs and he only gave away 48 runs and took 5 wickets. This was a match winning performance by Josh Hazlewood and Australia won the match by a whopping innings and 41 runs.
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4) 6/52 vs New Zealand (2017)
This was the best bowling performance by Josh Hazlewood in his ODI career till now. This was against New Zealand which had a very good batting line-up. Josh Hazlewood Bowled 9 overs in this innings and he took 6 wickets for only 52 runs. He only gave away less than 6 runs per over. This match had no result but Josh Hazlewood proved that he was an all format cricketer. This performance gave him a lot of confidence which has now led him to the number 1 spot.
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5) 5/50 vs West Indies (2016)
The 5th performance in this list is an ODI Match winning performance against West Indies. This was in an ODI where West Indies lost the match by 58 runs. Josh Hazlewood Bowled 9.4 overs in this match and he took 5 Wickets for 50 overs which is just over 5 runs per over. Due to this excellent bowling performance West Indies was all out for 212 runs and Australia got an easy win. Josh Hazlewood had a good habit of taking 5 wicket hauls in international cricket. He has a few more years left and he might end up as one of the best fast bowlers for Australia ever.
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