Lucky punters cash in big time on Hazlewood's debut

A group of punters are each $50,000 richer thanks to Josh Hazlewood.

Almost nine years ago they backed the fast bowler, at odds of $500-1, to play Test cricket before his 30th birthday.

So when the 23-year-old was presented with his baggy green cap today, the Tamworth locals will have struck it rich with nearly six years to spare.

Each punter had a $100 bet and they stand to each collect $50,000 from British bookmakers.

The extraordinary sting was last night confirmed by Hazlewood's father Trevor.

“I wish I had had $100 on the bet too,” Trevor Hazlewood told The Courier-Mail.

“The guys were in England at the time and that is when they put the bet on. They bet that Josh would play Test cricket for Australia before he was 30.

“He was 15 at the time when they put the bet on. They got odds of $500-1 and they all had $100 on.

“They would have bit their fingernails off when he just missed out in Perth a couple of years ago.”

The punters are believed to be Terry Psarakis, Terry Brown and Graham Davies.

The news follows Irish golfer Rory McIlroy's Dad Gerry winning nearly $350,000 after an $1100 bet placed a decade earlier came in when his son won The British Open in July.