Brisbane – Australian Pace Spearhead Josh Hazlewood Admits that he barely watches the Cricket World Cup, as his disappointment over not being selected continues to cause him pain.
The 27-year-old was overlooked after being out of action for a back injury since January, as selectors preferred him to focus on the Ashes Test series in England, which begins in August.
Hazlewood is currently in camp with the Australian A teams in Brisbane – along with greats such as Peter Handscomb, Travis Head and Marcus Harris – before embarking on a seven-week tour to England on Friday.
Now he was fully fit, he said, he had tried to dodge the World Cup and steer his forces elsewhere.
"I'm trying to focus on what I'm doing up here," he told cricket.com.au on Wednesday.
"I'll sit down at night and watch a few overs, but I try to keep a bit of it off.
"The more you look at something, the more you probably miss it, so I'm just trying to pretend it's not on, to a degree."
Instead, he focuses on the ashes and warns that he would be fresh and keen on the English batsmen.
"I know I can do a great job when I'm physically pretty fresh and that's how I'm going to get into that ashes, so I'm looking forward to it," he said.
Hazlewood will return in single-day format for Australia A on June 20, before three red ball games begin on July 7.
These games culminate in a four-day game between Australia and Australia in Hampshire, which serves as the final selection test for the Ashes team.
"I did as much as possible on the nets," he said. "Now it takes a while for these extra few percent to go up to one hundred."