Josh Hazlewood, the man of the match in the first ODI against England guided Australia to a 19-run win and exuded confidence and said he was very happy with his performance against England’s top order. Australia batted first and scored 294/9 in the stipulated 50 overs despite reeling at 123/5 at one stage.
They were helped by Mitchell Marsh who scored 73 and Glenn Maxwell who scored 77 as they built a partnership of 126 runs for the sixth wicket. In reply, England could manage 275/9 only despite Sam Billings scoring 118 and opener Johnny Bairstow contributing 84. Adam Zampa picked up 4 wickets and Josh Hazlewood picked up 3 wickets, while Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh picked up 1 wicket apiece.
Josh Hazlewood Picked Up Jason Roy, Joe Root, And Moeen Ali
Josh Hazlewood, the pacer of Australia took three wickets and gave away just 26 runs in the match bowling a full quota of 10 overs. He dismantled England’s top order dismissing Jason Roy and Joe Root who scored 3 and 1 respectively and also picked up Moeen Ali who scored 6 only.
“I think it’s right up there for me. I’ve got a couple of five-fers in one-day cricket over the years but against this line-up, this top order, to bowl that well on this wicket, I was very happy with how they were coming out,” cricket.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying.
“England’s top order has probably been the form top order of the last three or four years so it’s a good measure of where you’re at,” he added.
Josh Hazlewood is a right-arm pacer of height 6 feet 5 inches. He has played 51 Tests and 49 ODIs where he has picked up 195 and 81 wickets respectively averaging a modest 26.2 and 25.04 respectively. He will be seen performing for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020. He has also played 8 T20Is where he picked 9 wickets.
Josh Hazlewood Adjudged Player Of The Match As Australia Gains 1-0 Lead
“The length I hit was really good, I didn’t try to do too much at all – it was just about being accurate and the wicket was probably nipping around a little bit and doing enough,” Hazlewood said.
“I looked at the way they bowled a little bit. It did a bit early on so we were expecting the new ball to not really swing much – it was quite windy – so it was just about hitting the wicket hard, getting a bit of variable (movement) up and down, as well as sideways,” he added.
With this win, the visitors have gained a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series and have also registered their first points in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The two teams will next lock horns in the second ODI starting Sunday, September 13 at the same venue Manchester.