Josh Hazlewood is confident that the Australia fast bowling trio is ready for the England challenge after adequate preparation. © BCCI

Josh Hazlewood is confident that the Australia fast bowling trio is ready for the England challenge after adequate preparation. © BCCI

Josh Hazlewood, the Australia paceman, might have had just one first-class match as preparation for the Ashes series, but said he is ready to let rip in the opening game.

Hazlewood heads into the first Brisbane Test on November 23 on the back of a solitary Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales.

But the quick looks in good nick after taking match figures of 6 for 73 against Western Australia from a total of 33 overs.

Hazlewood will finalise his Test preparations by working out alongside Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird in Brisbane ahead of the Ashes opener.

“Things went pretty well the whole game,” Hazlewood told reporters on Friday (November 10). “From ball one I was pretty surprised with how well the ball was coming out, how good the run-up felt, how good everything (was) in general.

“I’m pretty happy with where it’s at now so I don’t think there’s a need to play another game. I’m ready to go now and we obviously talk with the coaches and selectors and physios, everyone is on the same page and ready to go.”

Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins bowled to Steven Smith, the captain, and David Warner, the vice-captain, in the Sydney Cricket Ground nets in a session full of intensity on Friday.

Things got testy with Starc forcing Smith to duck for cover several times.

“It’s always good fun and they (Smith and Starc) are two world-class players, so it always keeps you on your toes and makes sure you get everything out of the session,” said Hazlewood. “That’s what they’re always like. They’re always into each other and Patty and I just do our thing. It’s pretty easy to fire Starcy up, so Smithy takes it on.

“There’s no real ‘going through the motions’ when you’re bowling at those two.”