Hazlewood's left-field solution to Australia's one-day woes

Paceman Josh Hazlewood says Australia's bowlers should consider practicing one-day skills during Test series as a means of improving the team's transition from red-to-white-ball cricket.

The cramped fixture has affected Australia's attack with the need to prioritise Test cricket meaning first-choice quicks Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are often rested during one-day series.

Australia, however, has lost its past four matches in which the star trio have played together, raising questions over their ability to transfer their prowess from the longer form.

They are Australia's best quicks in Tests but, with only six days between the end of the Ashes and start of the one-dayers, have had little time to adjust to the different demands of the 50-over game.

England has benefited from fielding a near new attack with Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali the only bowlers to have played in both the Ashes and this series.

Steve Smith's bowlers conceded 76 runs from the last six overs in Sydney with Cummins and Starc taken down by England's one-day keeper Jos Buttler's destructive batting.

Hazlewood believes it might be time to trial a new approach in order to give Australia its best chance for success in all formats.

"You now need to work on those skills from time to time. Maybe it's a session here or there around Test cricket you can work on those skills with the white ball. We can learn and do those things differently next time," Hazlewood said.

"You still want your best bowlers playing. It's that transition. We haven't quite transitioned from Test cricket to one-day cricket as well as we could have.

"England have two sets of bowlers in some regard with only Woakes and Ali backing up. They're really one-day specialists and have showed us how to play in those regards, particularly with the bat as well."

Australia has blooded Jhye Richardson and Twenty20 star Andrew Tye this series, bringing to nine the number of frontline quicks used in the 14 games since the end of the last international summer.

"They're very good one-day bowlers but they're fresh on the scene in international cricket," World Cup winner Hazlewood said.

"They'll learn on the go. We'd love to have our first-choice attack ready to go all the time but the schedule with so much cricket that's not possible. It's good for these guys to get a run and learn from playing along guys like Starc, Cummins and myself."

Although containment takes on greater importance in the limited-overs formats than it does in Tests, Hazlewood said there was still a role for bowlers to make an impact on the game.

"There's still room in that first 10 overs, which is the key time to take those wickets," Hazlewood said. "I think we did that to a degree the last game.

"It's a lot of runs but you know you'll go for runs, it's about taking wickets and having a crack early to get into that middle order in the early overs."

This story Hazlewood's left-field solution to Australia's one-day woes first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.