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Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood excels in the Under-19 World Cup final this year. He is now keen to see how he fares at the highest level

Teenager Josh Hazlewood is relishing the opportunity to test himself in international cricket after being called into the Australia squad for the one-day leg of the tour of England.

The 19-year-old New South Wales pace bowler was yesterday named as the replacement for Mitchell Johnson, who will miss the one-day international in Ireland and the NatWest Series against England due to an infected elbow.

If selected, Hazlewood will become the youngest player to represent Australia at one-day level.

Although he has impressed at state and youth level - he was named man of the match in Australia's Under-19 World Cup final triumph earlier this year - he admits he is still coming to terms with the speed of his promotion.

“I think it’ll hit me when I get to the airport and meet (captain) Ricky (Ponting) and the boys and it'll just be unreal to see what it's all about,” Hazlewood said.

"I'm probably a bit shocked but very excited at the same time. It's happened very quickly and hopefully I'm ready for it."

With Brett Lee, Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Johnson unavailable, 6ft 5in Hazlewood is hoping to feature against Ireland on June 17 or play some part in the five-match series in England starting five days later.

“I guess I won't know (if I'm ready) until I'm put to the test on the field, but hopefully a few training sessions with the team and all the coaches around me will help me very quickly," he said.

"Hopefully the Ford Ranger Cup last year put me in good stead and I'm better off now than I was this time last year.

“The young blokes that have done well in the past have taken a bit of that pressure off and the transition between domestic cricket and international might be closer than it has been before.

“There's still three quicks ahead of me (Doug Bollinger, Clint McKay and Ryan Harris) that have been there and thereabouts for the last year and they've played well for the country. Hopefully I can just sit in the wings for a bit and get a game soon.

“I just want to get a feel for it and be around the group as much as I can at training and learn a lot off the quicks.

“Obviously (fast bowling coach) Troy Cooley will be there as well to learn a lot off, but if I get a game I'll be over the moon.”

Asked if he expects English conditions to suit his bowling, Hazlewood added: “Yeah, I think so. The wickets are a little bit greener and swing around a bit more, so I'll just keep that fullish length we've been working on in Brisbane and hopefully it pays dividends.”

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