Hazlewood backs further Test bat regulation


Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has backed Ricky Ponting's call for the size and weight of bats to be limited in Test cricket.

Former Australia captain Ponting this week argued for greater regulation on bat size in the longest format of the game.

Under the current laws of cricket, only length and width, not depth and weight, are restricted.

Hazlewood agrees further regulation would be of benefit to Test cricket, but suggested there should be no change for limited-overs matches.

"I'm all for it. Some of those bats that are going around at the moment are unbelievably big, obviously David Warner and Usman Khawaja have a few big ones too, so I'm all for it," he said.

"I think he [Ponting] is making a good point about just in Test matches. One-day cricket is a little bit different; I think the crowds come to see the fours and sixes, and the big hits.

"But in Test matches, definitely, he's making a good point."

After triumphing in the one-day international tri-series against West Indies and South Africa, Australia begin a tour to Sri Lanka with the first of three Tests starting at Pallekele on July 26.

With much of the team lacking in experience on the sub-continent, all-rounder Hazlewood said many players will be relying on assistance from others.

"[A lack of experience] is obviously something that's come up, we are still quite a young team in terms of the Test group, but there are a few guys that have played in these conditions so we'll be talking to them," added the fast bowler.

"We have played a lot in the sub-continent in other formats so we'll take that into account as well.

"Some of the guys have gone off to Sri Lanka early to get some cricket in those conditions."

Sri Lanka failed to win a single match in their tour of England, but Hazlewood expects them to pose a different threat on home soil.

"I think England are tough to play in England, so I think Sri Lanka will be a different proposition in home conditions," he said.

"They are always tough to play there so it's going to be a good challenge for us."