Australia literally got out of a jail during their run chase in the day and night test played at the iconic Adelaide Oval. The Aussies were in some serious trouble, before Shaun Marsh played an extremely mature knock to guide his side off to safe waters. Earlier in the game, it was the enigmatic bowling display of Josh Hazlewood in the second innings, which turned the tide in Australia’s way.
In Mitchell Starc’s absence, Hazlewood bowled exceedingly well. Skipper Steve Smith was a delighted man after the series win, and credited Marsh and Hazlewood for the victory in the third test.
“Josh Hazlewood led the attack. He really stood up and bowled beautifully,” Smith said. “Last night he got the new ball swinging and seaming around, which a lot of the bowlers did in these conditions. “He’s had a big workload over the last little while, so we will have to take a look at that. “We don’t want to break him, we have a lot of cricket to play in the next couple of months, so there might be a mixed load amongst a couple of players.”
Speaking about Marsh, Smith said, “I never saw Shaun playing for his Test career,” he said. “It was fantastic for Shaun to get an opportunity. He’s been batting extremely well and I think Shaun has come in and done a terrific job. He is best suited at number five and he showed his class the way he played tonight,” Smith said. “He looked together and his game was in good order, and the way he played under pressure with his brother Mitch to put a partnership together was really crucial for us at that stage,” Smith added.