Cape Town - Josh Hazlewood has returned to the kind of
miserly bowling that has led many to compare him to former Australia paceman
As much as it may irk Hazlewood to be constantly compared
with the Oz legend, the 25-year-old's return of 2-20 from 10 overs against
South Africa will yet again have pundits drawing parallels between the two.
The quick's figures were the most economical by an opening
bowler since 2005, and his simple yet effective bowling was a bright spot in an
otherwise dismal Australian showing.
Of his performance, Hazlewood remarked: "On that wicket
it was very slow and low and tough to score on if you do bowl stump to stump,
hit the right length... set the right fields,
"It can be pretty simple but sometimes hard to execute.
"Obviously different to the Australian wickets we play
on but you've got to adapt… international cricket is about playing all over the
The New South Welshman opted out of playing in the IPL, and
would have been keen to shake off the ring rust in Guyana. His performance was
admirable but he has spoken of his need to continue working: "There's a
little bit of rust there, as to be expected,
"We've obviously had that little bit of a break from
international cricket but we've been training now for a month or month and a
"The body feels pretty good... the ball feels like it's
coming out pretty well.
"Still plenty of improvement but yeah it's a good
The tri-series will now move to Basseterre in St Kitts and
Nevis. When asked if he thought AB De Villiers and Quinton de Kock would look
to get after him on the smaller Warner Park outfield, Hazlewood replied:
"I think so, I haven't been to St Kitts but I've heard the outfield is
"But if the wicket's going to be similar it is going to
be hard to score."
The clash at Warner Park takes place on June 11 with South
Africa leading the log from Australia on net run rate with the two sides both
having gathered 5 points from the first two games.
Hosts the West Indies are one log point back, after their
win in the opener against South Africa was followed by defeat to Australia.