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‘Tight schedule will make it impossible for quicks to play every Ashes Test’ – Hazlewood

Australian pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood has said bowler rotations during this year's Ashes series will be inevitable, adding the tight schedule will make it ‘near impossible’ for the top quicks to play every Test this summer.

Australia will lock horns with Joe Root's England in five Tests in less than seven weeks, immediately after the World Cup.

Hazlewood said the workload meant the chances of himself, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins playing every Test was slim.

"The last four Tests are back-to-back," Hazlewood told Cricket Australia's The Unplayable Podcast Thursday.

"I think it's going to be near impossible for any quicks to play all five with it being such a tight schedule."

Hazlewood, who has been sidelined since January with a back injury but is on track to regain fitness for the World Cup, admitted a long period of white ball cricket leading up the five-match Ashes Test series was not ideal.

But he said it would at least ensure the team was playing at the highest level.

"I think we've got one four-day game between those two tournaments (World Cup and Ashes) and a couple of training sessions," said Hazlewood.

"It's going to be a pretty quick turnaround."

The first Ashes Test starts at Edgbaston on August 1.