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Josh Hazlewood: ‘I don’t really have aspirations to take that next step’

Australian cricket star Josh Hazlewood says he doesn’t “have aspirations to take that next step” just hours after he was announced as vice-captain of the Australian team.

Hazlewood will share the honour with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh below captain Tim Paine as the team prepares for their upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

It’s the first time the Test side will take to the field since the disastrous ball-tampering scandal during their tour of South Africa which rocked the cricket world.

The 27-year-old says he’s comfortable with his decision not to pursue the Australian captaincy.

“The sheer nature of being a fast bowler whether you’re resting or injured, you’re going to miss games from time to time and you’re quite busy on the field anyway with your bowling duties,” Hazlewood said.

“So I think VC sits very well with me and I don’t really have aspirations to take that next step which is I think is going to be a huge plus for Tim and I’s relationship.”

In the past, it’s been well documented several Australian captains and vice-captains have had strained relationships which has resulted in inner-rumblings within the national team.

However, Hazlewood backed the new leadership group to take Australia back to the top.

“He’s (Marsh) come on in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and he’s obviously had the experience at WA being captain there,” Hazlewood said.

“It felt like he really gained a leg last Summer against England in the Ashes.

“He put some performances on the board and off the field he’s a great team man and does anything for his mates.”

Hazlewood has been one of Australia’s most consistent in recent years – having played 40 Tests and taken 151 wickets at an average of 26.84.

Australia plays its first Test against Pakistan on October 7.