Aussies relieved but focused for decider
Aaron Finch (capt), Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Chris Lynn, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood. Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir. Chris Lynn Kagiso Rabada IT’S the series decider no one was really expecting but after Australia’s stirring win at Adelaide Oval on Friday night, today’s match against South Africa is the decider everyone in Australian cricket is welcoming.
Paceman Josh Hazlewood, whose 2/42 was instrumental in the side’s drought-breaking win, said Friday’s performance had given the Australians reason to relax heading into today’s final game of the ODI tri-series in Hobart.
“We know one win doesn’t make a summer (but) it’s a good step moving forward to get one on the board and make Sunday a pretty important game for us to try to win this series,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it.
“There’s a little bit of relief I guess but I think we’ve been doing the right things at training and in preparation and really focusing on the process and putting the results a little bit out of our minds but it was great to get one on Friday night.”
Hazlewood said the win displayed the power of the Australian bowling unit but he acknowledged the batting needs work after the side was bowled out in the 48th over for 231. Hazlewood did himself proud with an unbeaten 10 from 13 balls but the Aussies’ No. 11 admits padding up is not something he necessarily likes doing, saying “I prefer to leave it up to the batters”.