14 Nov 2008

Glenn McGrath comparisons for 17-year-old NSW bowler

7:15 am on 14 November 2008

The Black Caps are facing a young bowler whom Australians hope will be the next Glenn McGrath.

The New Zealanders are taking on a New South Wales side in a four-day match at the SCG that includes the 17-year-old Josh Hazlewood.

He's now the youngest fast bowler ever to play for New South Wales and is part of one of the most youthful squads New South Wales have ever chosen.

The two-metre right-arm bowler is so highly rated by New South Wales that he already holds a full contract with the state - however he's been kept back to allow him to finish his school exams.

Hazlewood has been likened to his childhood hero Glenn McGrath who, like Hazlewood, was raised in rural New South Wales.

His selection gives the Blues a remarkably young line-up for the tour game - Steven Smith and Phillip Hughes are both 19 and another four players are aged 22 or under.