Shane Watson compares Glenn McGrath and CSK’s Josh Hazlewood
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Before the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) final, former Australian cricketer Shane Watson made comparisons between fellow Australians Glenn McGrath and Josh Hazlewood. Watson explained what made the latter effective under the conditions in the United Arab Emirates.
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Josh Hazlewood will be among the key players for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the final of the tournament in Dubai on Friday. Watson said on Star Sports’ Select Dugout:
“For me, what I love about Josh Hazelwood is the control he has of the ball that comes out of his fingers, and that’s what Glenn McGrath did. The control that he (McGrath) has over how much the ball swings or in which direction the ball spins, Josh had that even from a young age, so for me it was one of the comparisons. “
Josh Hazlewood has nine wickets from eight games with a 29.3 average, going from 8.5 runs.
Josh Hazlewood is difficult to play in UAE conditions: Shane Watson
An all-time great player, Glenn McGrath is considered arguably the greatest fast pitcher, who excelled with the ball in varying conditions.
Highlighting the control and precision that Glenn McGrath had, Shane Watson compared this to Josh Hazlewood and explained how the latter could make a difference in UAE conditions with his ability to control the movement of the ball. He said:
“Yes, Glenn McGrath, his precision, over and over his ability to keep doing it is something that not many fast players have had. But that’s one of the similarities for me with Josh Hazelwood. Just his control over the ball that comes out of his hand, that’s why when there’s a little dew on the wicket or with the new ball, it’s unbelievably good just being able to get something out of the wicket. “
“Just with enough variation or enough something out of the gate or something in the air, which means that it is also very difficult to play in these conditions.”
CSK, the three-time IPL champion, have reached their ninth IPL final. The last time they won the tournament was in 2018 when Shane Watson devastated a century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the final of the tournament.
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