On Saturday Australian pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood said their unbeaten record against India this Australian summer means they ‘have the wood’ over India ahead of their semi final clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Thursday.
India had a disheartening Test series Down Under, losing 0-2. The tourists failed to get a victory in the following One-Day International (ODI) tri-series, also including England, in the lead-up to the International Cricket Council World Cup.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side were also defeated in the World Cup practice match on 8th February in Adelaide, where they were smashed by 106 runs.
Hazlewood told Cricket Australia (CA) that they have surely played them a lot this summer in both context so he would say they have the wood over them a wee bit in that regard, winning the tri-series. They will be doing their homework, doing their normal thing and getting prepared. But a lot of their players have been playing for a while so they have got that experience in big labeled tournaments, and they really peak at the right time. They will be really difficult work on Thursday.
Hazlewood was named man of the match in Friday’s quarter-final match against Pakistan. The pace bowler expects that his 4 wickets against 35 runs shows the team selectors his importance before selecting the playing XI against India.
He was quoted saying: “I hope I have gone a long way to doing that (cementing his spot). But you never know with conditions at the SCG, they could be dry and suit a spinner.”