Cricket

Australia’s Josh Hazlewood is targeting England's big guns.

Josh Hazlewood targeting big England scalps in third Ashes Test

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Josh Hazlewood is always on the hunt for English wickets, but prizes two of them high above the rest.

Among the seven wickets he has taken so far in Australia’s victories in the first two Ashes Tests, Joe Root features twice and Alastair Cook once.

The latter, England’s all-time leading runscorer, has mustered only 62 in four attempts on this tour, but Hazlewood remains wary of the threat posed by the former captain.

Asked if that could mean Cook is storing up runs for his 150th Test in Perth this week, or maybe later in the series, Hazlewood said: “Absolutely. We always talk about the key players, and he’s a great of England cricket, so that next big knock is always just around the corner.

“He’s a key player and has been for a long time. But the more often we can bowl our best ball to him, keep him down (the better).”

It is very much a case of so far so good for Australia, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon troubling Cook too.

“He hasn’t scored too many runs as yet, and Nathan’s had some good success as well,” added Hazlewood.

“Our plans won’t change to him.”

Despite two half-centuries, Australia have also been able to keep captain Root quiet – and Hazlewood knows they must keep doing so.

Australia Nets Session

“I think all the bowlers want that wicket.

“Joe is obviously the key – he can hold the innings together and score runs pretty freely when he gets some poor bowling his way – so everyone has to be ready when he comes in and stop that quick 20 or 30 runs early.”

England are on course at present to add a second successive whitewash defeat here to their miserable tour of 2013/14.

Back then, the brilliant Mitchell Johnson was chief architect of their downfall, and despite his retirement from international cricket, the left-armer may yet have an impact this time as an adviser to the current crop of Australia pace bowlers.

England v West Indies - 2nd Investec Test: Day Two

Hazlewood reports the tips he received from Johnson in preparation for the WACA this week were straightforward and – for England, perhaps – maybe a little ominous.

“Bowl fast, and keep bowling short … pretty simple method from Johnno!” he said.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Australia cricket
The Ashes
Cricket
England cricket
Joe Root

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again