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Paceman Josh Hazlewood has put his name forward for higher honours this summer with a record-breaking seven-wicket haul in New South Wales' win over South Australia on the opening day of the Matador One-Day Cup.
Hazlewood, who has played six limited overs internationals for Australia and has long been on the fringes of the Test squad, finished 7-36 from 9.4 overs, the third-best bowling performance in Australian domestic one-day history and the best by a New South Welshman.
The 23-year-old has expressed his desire to force his way into the Australian set-up this summer, particularly with Ryan Harris, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird all currently sidelined through injury.
But despite this milestone performance in Brisbane, Hazlewood insists his mind is only on performing for his state rather than resuming his Australia career.
"I just want to do well for New South Wales," Hazlewood said.
"We came second in this last year so (we want) to win that, then go on and win the Shield."
While Hazlewood starred, veteran Shaun Tait, who holds the record for the best domestic 50-overs bowling performance with 8-43 against Tasmania in 2004, finished with 0-68 in his first one-dayer for South Australia in three-and-a-half years.
Hazlewood struck early after NSW sent the Redbacks in to bat at Allan Border Field, combining with Gurinder Sandhu (3-66) to rip through South Australia's top order.
After the wickets of Travis Head, Mark Cosgrove and Tom Cooper had left the Redbacks in trouble at 3-23, a 126-run partnership between former Australia batsman Callum Ferguson (82) and youngster Alex Ross (54) helped put the innings back on track.
But Hazlewood returned to remove both batsmen and reduce the Redbacks to 5-164 before some late hitting from captain Johan Botha (41 not out from 26 balls) helped steer SA past the 200 mark.
Hazlewood came back on again in the closing overs and destroyed the tail as the Redbacks were bowled out for 244 with two balls remaining.
Hazlewood 7/36 - 3rd best ever figures in a ODD— LawrieColliver (@LawrieColliver) October 4, 2014
Other figures - Shaun Tait 8/43 f SA v Q Adel 2003-04, Carl Rackemann 7/34 Qld v SA Adel 1988-89 Hazlewood today and......— LawrieColliver (@LawrieColliver) October 4, 2014
Jeffrey Robert Thomson 6/18 Qld v SA Gabba 1978-79— LawrieColliver (@LawrieColliver) October 4, 2014
Josh Hazlewood also first bowler to get 5 batsmen out bowled in an Aussie ODD game. Previous best Aaron Bird 4 (figs 5/26) NSW v QLD 2009-09— LawrieColliver (@LawrieColliver) October 4, 2014
Josh Hazlewood's 7-36 is the best bowling for @CricketNSWBlues in List A cricket passing Brad McNamara's 6-25 in 1996/97 v Tas— Adam Morehouse (@ACTCricketStats) October 4, 2014
Hazlewood's performance was particularly pleasing for him as his pre-season preparation was hampered by injury.
"I did a side strain about eight weeks ago (but) my body feels really good now," Hazlewood said.
"As this showed, (I'm) now 100 per cent so everything's pretty good.
"The ball moved around a bit. The wicket was pretty good so 244 was probably a few less than par.
"The bowling group bowled tight and (we) got a few early wickets," he said.
A 56-run partnership between left-handers Kurtis Patterson (43) and Ben Rohrer (23) brought NSW to within 44 runs of the victory target with six wickets left, but part-time spinner Head struck twice in the space of two overs to give the Redbacks a glimmer of hope.
But Ryan Carters (31 not out) held his nerve to secure the four-wicket win with 11 balls to spare.
NSW will face Queensland on Monday, while the Redbacks will look to bounce back in their match against old rivals Victoria.
The Blues, who are without a host of players on international duty, reached the one-day final last year, losing to Queensland.
The opening stage of the competition will be held in Brisbane, with games split between the Gabba and Allan Border Field, before the tournament moves to Sydney, with the final at the SCG on October 26.
NSW debutant Chris Green shakes hands with Tom Cooper after the Blues defeated the Redbacks by four wickets on the opening day of the #MatadorCup. Nic Maddinson smashed 84 and Josh Hazlewood claimed seven wickets in the win