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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Hazelwood's stunning opening spell on return


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Australian fast bowler Josh Hazelwood has already more than justified his recall to the Test side, removing the dangerous English duo of Jason Roy and Joe Root in his first spell on day two at Lords.

Winning the toss and bowling first on what looked like a dry strip, Australian skipper Tim Paine entrusted the recently recalled Hazelwood with opening duties.

With his first ball, he had Roy playing and missing, before two balls later he went one better, finding Roy's outside edge, a simple catch through to Paine ensued, and Australia had their tails up.

Then, in the middle of an enthralling battle with Joe Root, Hazelwood took two balls away from him, before spearing one back into the English captain's pads - trapping him dead in front for 14.

When Nathan Lyon was brought into the attack to give Hazelwood a rest, his numbers read like a statisticians dream. Six overs, three maidens, and two wickets, having only conceded just five runs. At one stage, he had bowled 18 dots in a row.

Advantage Australia, and an early nod to the rotation policy likely to continue through a gruelling five-Test period.

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazelwood has already more than justified his recall to the Test side, removing the dangerous English duo of Jason Roy and Joe Root in his first spell on day two at Lords.

Winning the toss and bowling first on what looked like a dry strip, Australian skipper Tim Paine entrusted the recently recalled Hazelwood with opening duties.

With his first ball, he had Roy playing and missing, before two balls later he went one better, finding Roy's outside edge, a simple catch through to Paine ensued, and Australia had their tails up.

Then, in the middle of an enthralling battle with Joe Root, Hazelwood took two balls away from him, before spearing one back into the English captain's pads - trapping him dead in front for 14.

When Nathan Lyon was brought into the attack to give Hazelwood a rest, his numbers read like a statisticians dream. Six overs, three maidens, and two wickets, having only conceded just five runs. At one stage, he had bowled 18 dots in a row.

Advantage Australia, and an early nod to the rotation policy likely to continue through a gruelling five-Test period.

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