Hazlewood hopes for a ‘nice and quick’ pitch at Perth

Hazlewood hopes for a 'nice and quick' wicket at Perth
Josh Hazlewood. (FILE PHOTO: REUTERS)
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Australia’s right-arm pacer, Josh Hazlewood is hoping to see a fast and bouncy track at Perth during the third ODI of the series against Pakistan.

Hazlewood believes that the pitch at Gabba was not a typical Australian track and he hopes to see a more challenging wicket despite of Pakistan’s venomous pace attack.

“We always love playing over here in Perth,” Hazlewood told The Age. “The guys said it wasn’t a traditional Gabba wicket. They said it didn’t have as its usual pace. It will be good to get out there and see the ball fly through.”

The 26-year old fast bowler knows that Pakistan’s pace attack can create problems for Australian batting line, but, the vulnerability of Pakistan’s batting line on such tracks tempts him to wish for it.

“We know they’ve got a couple of good quicks,” he said. “But we know their batters don’t like that extra bounce and pace. Hopefully it’s nice and quick.”

Hazlewood praised Pakistan’s bowling arsenal, especially Mohammad Amir during the first two ODI of the series, where he tested Aussies’ top order.

“I think it’s just good bowling first of all,” said Hazlewood. “The two left-armers at the top have bowled pretty well in both games, especially Amir in the first game. Then they’ve tightened the screws with their spinners.”

However, the New South Wales bowler told that their batsmen will come up with a better plan to neutralize the visitors’ threat with the ball.

“We’ve been working on that and coming up with a plan,” he said. “Each batter is a little bit different with their own plans. They’ll definitely be looking to rectify the first two games on Thursday.”