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Hazlewood upbeat about leading Australian attack in Bangladesh

Josh Hazlewood is looking forward to the upcoming series against Bangladesh
Josh Hazlewood is looking forward to the upcoming series against Bangladesh

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said he is looking forward to lead an inexperienced pace attack in the upcoming tour of Bangladesh that includes two Test matches.

With Mitchell Starc ruled out of the series due to an injury and James Pattinson also withdrawn due to an inflammation in his back, Hazlewood will have a huge responsibility of sharing the burden of the pace attack along with Jackson Bird and Pat Cummins, who have jointly played 11 Tests together.

The conditions in Bangladesh are expected to aid spin bowlers as seen during the series against England but the 26-year-old sees a huge role for him as Australia look to conquer the sub-continent challenge.

"There's only going to be a couple of quicks in the team and a few spinners (but) as long as we're working together, I think we'll be okay," Hazlewood told reporters at a team camp in Darwin on Sunday.

"I see myself as a leader amongst the group now.

"The team's changed a lot since I first came in, and I've gone from a junior player to a senior player, so I try to take that extra initiative to lead from the front."

The line-up will also contain their ace spinner Nathan Lyon while the choice for the second spinner is likely to be between all-rounder Ashton Agar and the uncapped young leg spinner Mitchell Swepson.

Citing the recent success of Bangladesh in Champions Trophy and at home, Hazlewood warned his team of any complacency against the South Asian nation.

"They're a world-class team," Hazlewood said.

"They had some pretty good showings in that Champion's Trophy tournament and their test cricket at home has been pretty good.

"We can't take them lightly, that's for sure."

The two Tests will be played between 27th August and 8th September in Mirpur and Chittagong.

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