Aussies re­lieved but fo­cused for de­cider

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - LIZ WALSH

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”.

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