Bendemeer ace Josh Hazlewood's golden summer continues

Top man: Josh Hazlewood is the world's best paceman. Photo: Getty Images

Top man: Josh Hazlewood is the world's best paceman. Photo: Getty Images

From Bendemeer to the world's best Test fast bowler.

That is the journey taken by Josh Hazlewood, who was crowned as the red ball’s top paceman just one day after his 26th birthday.

Hazlewood climbed to third spot on the International Cricket Council's Test bowling rankings following his haul of 7-84 against Pakistan at the SCG earlier this month.

The Bendemeer Bolt shot up 28 points on the rankings system to 860, placing him behind only Indian finger-spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Hazlewood has enjoyed a golden summer, claiming 32 wickets at an average of 21.22 in six Tests, highlighted by a haul of 6-89 against South Africa in Hobart.

He toiled manfully, bowling 300.1 overs on the way to series hauls of 17 wickets at 22.06 against South Africa and 15 wickets at 20.27 against Pakistan.

Hazlewood has been rested from Australia’s opening one-day international against Pakistan in Brisbane on Friday.

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