Josh Hazlewood jokes about Australia's former rotation policy but he has credited a rest with gaining an extra yard ahead of the first Test against Pakistan.
The rotation policy may now be the butt of jokes for Josh Hazlewood.
But the Australian quick was deadly serious crediting a controversial rest for gaining an extra yard of pace ahead of the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.
These days, Hazlewood and new ball partner Mitchell Starc can have a laugh over Australia's former Test rotation policy for quicks.
Well, maybe not Starc.
Hazlewood admitted being forced to sit out the 2012 Boxing Day Test was still a raw nerve for the left-arm seamer.
"I still get stuck into Mitch about being rested for a Boxing Day Test a couple of years ago - which doesn't go down too well," Hazlewood laughed.
"(But) every Test you're fit to play, then you play (these days).
"Test cricket rotation has definitely gone."
However, a good rest has done wonders for Hazlewood ahead of the three-Test series against Pakistan starting on Thursday.
Hazlewood and Starc were both told to sit out Australia's one-day tour of South Africa in September.
It raised eyebrows - especially after Australia lost 5-0.
But Hazlewood said it was just what he needed after a gruelling tour of Sri Lanka.
And he believes Australia are only just starting to gain the benefits this summer.
"I think I gained an extra yard. I think I'm bowling a heavier ball," he said.
"I think it's just coming into the summer pretty fresh.
"I didn't really do anything different to what I have done before. I think I just had the opportunity to do it before the summer started.
"We can see now that it's benefiting me a lot."
That should sound alarm bells for Pakistan ahead of this week's first day-night Test at the Gabba.
Hazlewood has emerged as Australia's pink ball king, taking a remarkable 15 wickets at 16.33 in both day-night Tests on home soil to date.
The world No.5 ranked bowler took his overall Test tally to 94 scalps at 25.61 since his debut in Brisbane two years ago.
And he is also armed with a little inside knowledge on Pakistan.
Australia took the unusual step of chewing the Kiwis' ears on Pakistan while toasting their recent one-day series triumph over New Zealand.
Hazlewood said the Kiwi quicks gave some useful tips on how they masterminded a 2-0 win this month - Pakistan's first Test series loss in New Zealand since 1985.
"We've spoken a little bit to the Kiwis as well after the one-day games," Hazlewood said.
"They gave a little bit away but not too much.
"(But) they preached the same against Pakistan...patience was the one thing that got them the wickets.
"So we're looking to follow suit."
By Laine Clark, AAP